(PIX11)-- With the many energy efficient bulb options on the market many of us may need a little help figuring out what to go with. Tom Wolfe from Home Depot has what we need to know.
1) LED VS REGULAR LIGHT BULBS
LED light bulbs: Replacing incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LED bulbs leads to immediate savings on the electric bill. LED bulbs supply just as much light as incandescent bulbs but require far less electricity.
LEDs use up to 85 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and up to 50 percent less energy than CFL bulbs.
The lights are reliable, safe and durable with no moving parts and generate a high level of brightness. LED bulbs also have an exceptionally long life expectancy lasting up to 25,000 hours or 23 years.
2) CFL LIGHT BULBS
CFLs, compact fluorescent lights, are another good energy-efficient option for consumers looking to save money on their energy bills.
CFL bulbs emit the same amount of light as traditional bulbs, but use 75 percent less energy and last up to 9 years longer. CFL bulbs usually pay for themselves in just three to six months. CFL bulbs can help consumers cut energy costs – up to $55 per electricity bill – depending on the bulb type and wattage. CFLs are available in a wide range of wattages from 5-watts to 68-watts (or 25 to 300-watt equivalents) and are an affordable lighting option. A 14-watt (60-watt equivalent) CFL bulb costs about $1.74/per bulb and lasts 10,000 hours. CFL bulbs are available in three color temperatures (soft white, bright white and daylight) as well as both dimming and non-dimming options.
3) HALOGENS AND HIGH-EFFICIENCY INCANDESCENT BULBS
Halogen and high-efficiency incandescent bulbs are another energy-saving bulb option. High-efficiency incandescent bulbs cost on average $1.50 each and last two to three years, and are 28 percent more efficient. In fact, researchers have been able to produce some incandescent light bulbs with up to 50 percent efficiency.
4) WI-FI BULBS
New Wi-fi controlled bulbs allow you to connect your lighting to your smart phone or tablet and control your lighting from anywhere. Once connected, you can remotely operate or automate your lights, saving money and energy.