Incandescent lightbulbs are about to be a thing of the past. Consumers are going to start using more energy efficient light sources that will be better for the environment. There are probably going to be a number of alternatives, but at the moment consumers will choose between compact fluorescent lamps and light-emitting diodes.
The efficiency of these products varies significantly, but can be anywhere between 5 to 10 times that of an incandescent lightbulb. Imagine having a lightbulb that could last you over 20 years.
Investing in these green lighting solutions is probably a great idea. Here are a few tips for selecting a green lighting solution that will be optimal for your home or business:
- Research your options. It is actually difficult to research the process of finding a green lighting solution, because they change almost every day. Work with an expert who can help you decide what your business needs and what products are most likely to work for you.
- Know the output of your lights. Green lights can be extremely energy efficient, but you need to make sure that you are content with the output that you are receiving. This should be comparable to an incandescent lightbulb, but that isn’t always the case.
- Conduct a cost-benefit analysis. Price alone shouldn’t discourage you from purchasing a particular product. Think about how long the lamp will last and how many cheaper models you would have to replace during that timeframe. Over the course of its life, a more expensive CFL or LED may easily pay for itself many times over. You also don’t want to overpay for your products either so make sure to do the math.
- It isn’t all about the bulbs. If you are going to make the most out of your transition to green lighting, make sure that you purchase the right fixtures and use the right lamps. These may not affect the efficiency of the light itself, but if you use them from renewable materials you will truly be on your way to living the green life.
- Continue to follow traditional energy saving measures. Compact lamps and LEDs may be ten times more efficient than the lights you grew up with, but that doesn’t mean you should disregard the energy saving techniques you were taught growing up. Keeping your lights on when no one is around is always going to be a waste of energy.
Making the transition to green lighting should save you a couple hundred dollars a year by replacing just one incandescent lamp. You should seriously consider taking the leap to using green lighting solutions. They are going to be better both for the environment and for your wallet.
Kalen Smith writes tips about finance, insurance and similar topics for the consumer information blog Homeowners Insurance.