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    Energy-Efficient Home Lighting

    November 10, 2017

    We all dread that moment when the electric bill comes. We open our inbox or tear open the envelope to see what the damage is, and every month that number only seems to climb. One of the easiest, and fastest ways to cut your electric bill is to evaluate and determine if your home lighting is energy-efficient. As lighting technology continues to improve, there are more options than ever before to help make home lighting more energy-efficient. The experts at Electric Today have put together a list of energy efficient lighting solutions.

    LED LIGHTS

    LED lights, or “light-emitting diodes” are one of the most energy-efficient options for today’s modern home. Residential LED’s use up to 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than traditional incandescent lighting. In addition to its many energy-saving benefits, LED lights emit less heat, and are available in a variety of styles and lighting designs to complement your home. LED lights are also totally non-toxic and last six times longer than many other types of lights on the market.

    INTEGRATING LED LIGHTS

    LED lights are available in many options for both indoor and outdoor lighting. There are LED bulb replacements for 40W, 60W and 75W traditional incandescent bulbs, track lights, kitchen lighting and outdoor area lights such as pathway lights or porch lights. While LED lights do cost more, they last much longer and are far more efficient, making them well worth the initial investment. The actually installation of LED lights into your home can get complicated beyond just regular light bulbs. We recommend letting one of our experienced electricians take care of the install, to ensure safety and save you time and hassle while creating the best effect possible. We can also see to it that all of your dimmers or lighting controls are compatible with LED lighting.

    CFL LIGHTS

    CFL’s or “compact fluorescent lamps” are a continuous tube in a spiral shape, or a twisted version of the long tube fluorescent lights that are often found in kitchens and garages. CFL’s are made in several sizes to fit most modern fixtures. They are four times more efficient that incandescent light bulbs and last up to 10 times longer. They use 50-80% less energy than incandescent light bulbs, making them a great choice for households looking to incorporate more energy-efficient lighting solutions. CFL’s are available in a spectrum of colors, with newer models providing warm, inviting lighting options for your home. CFL’s are also good for the planet. By replacing a single incandescent light bulb with a CFL, you can prevent a half-ton of CO2 entering the atmosphere over the lifespan of the bulb.

    HALOGEN INCANDESCENT LIGHTS

    Halogen Incandescent bulbs are designed to replicate the look and output of traditional incandescent bulbs. While they may look similar to the traditional incandescent bulbs, the difference is the halogen capsule inside the bulb, which generates the light. Unlike CFL or LED lights, the light from Halogen Incandescent lights is generated by a filament source, very similar to traditional incandescent bulbs. The true differentiator between the Halogen and traditional light bulb is the overall improved efficiency of the Halogen light.  With an average of around a 28% reduction in energy usage, the energy savings of Halogen Incandescent lights are substantial and an easy way to incorporate energy-efficient lighting.

    When looking to integrate new, more energy-efficient lighting solutions into your home, call the professional electricians at Electric Today. We are experts when it comes to safely installing the latest, most cutting-edge lighting technology in your home. We can integrate energy-efficient solutions throughout your home while saving you time and money in the process. Call us today at 813-653-4221 when you need recessed lighting, accent lighting, track lighting and any other essential lighting fixtures.