Friday, May 15, 2015

How To Choose The Right Light Bulbs

Have you heard that President George W. Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act in 2004 which required all light bulbs to use 30% less energy by 2014? This is the reason you can no longer purchase incandescent bulbs in home improvement stores, but we think it’s for the better! So, which bulb will work best in your home? Find out below:

Incandescent Bulbs
The average price for an incandescent bulb is $1.25, not much if you ask us. The problem with this type of bulb is that it normally won’t even last for a year and can cost upwards of $5 per bulb in annual energy costs. Incandescents produce heat and light in every direction and loses up to 50% of the light before it exits a fixture. It is estimated that in 2015, more efficient options could save consumers up to $6 billion.

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
Coming in at an average price of $3.50 per bulb, this fills the middle gap between incandescents and LEDs. These bulbs can last up to 9 years and only cost around $1.20 in annual energy costs. They produce 75% less heat than incandescents and can save you around 75% on energy bills. CFLs do contain mercury so proper disposal is required.

Light-Emitting Diode Bulbs
These bulbs may “break the bank” coming in at around $8.00 per bulb. The good news is they will last at least 22 years, so you’ll get your moneys worth. Their average annual energy cost is only $1 and they can save you up to 85% on your energy bills. They contain no hazardous materials and use diodes rather than heat to produce light.

Still not sure which type of bulb is the best choice for your home? Give the expert electricians at GEN3 Electric a call today. We’ll gladly walk you through the pros and cons of each option and provide you with the best possible solution.

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