Wednesday, August 1st, 2012
by Littman Bros Lighting
There are many advantages to using ENERGY STAR lights; choosing more efficient bulbs or fixtures can make a difference in your overall carbon footprint, limiting greenhouse gases as well as save you money in the long-run.
ENERGY STAR compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) use less energy than typical incandescent bulbs, about 75 percent less energy. According to energystar.gov, replacing the 60w incandescent bulbs with a 13w CFL will save you more than $30 in energy costs throughout the lifespan of the bulb.
ENERGY STAR fixtures and bulbs are far more durable than other products out there; as indicated by energystar.gov, “pin-based fixtures must last 10,000 hours, about 10 times longer than standard. CFLs must last 6,000 hours.” And all ENERGY STAR products come with a 2-year warranty, far more than the industry norm.
Opposed to the average incandescent bulbs, ENERGY STAR CFLs produce about 75 percent less heat, reducing costs in cooling your home and making you more comfortable. Because of this lower heat production, this also makes ENERGY STAR bulbs much safer to the touch; they light up to less than 100 degrees, whereas Halogen bulbs can get as hot as 1000 degrees, causing burns and sometimes fires.
ENERGY STAR lights are one option in order to save money and be more energy efficient; you can always go another way by using LED lighting as well. Both types of efficient lighting will benefit you in the long run.