Archive for June, 2009

Green Your Living with Energy Efficient Lighting

Today’s consumers have embraced green living as a long-term way of life not as a trend. Research information recently has found half of all U.S. consumers consider “green living” when selecting consumer products, so it appears green living is taking root in people’s thinking.

Energy Efficient LightingThis increased demand means companies are finding and supplying new green innovations for the home every day, giving consumers more and more green solutions to choose. It doesn’t mater whether they are motivated by the long-term cost savings or the environmental benefits the homeowners demand for green products is at an all-time high. In the sea of green products, one of the easiest places to start and make a real impact is with home lighting.

The home lighting industry has made huge strides related to energy efficiency, so much so that today’s green lighting options are growing all the time. Compact fluorescent lighting (CFL’s) solutions have been with us now for several years and many of us have made the switch around the house from incandescent to them. Now a new type of lights, Light emitting diodes or (LED’s) are gaining in popularity as a viable home lighting source.

Energy Efficient LightingUp until recently, this energy-efficient, semi-conducting light source was used only in electronic equipment displays, outdoor signage, and commercial lighting applications. The LED lighting of the past also had an unattractive blue hue and an expensive price tag which limiting its use in our homes. However recent improvements have made it possible for the LED lights to have the same bright white color range as incandescent lighting and have become affordable.

Other benefits of this pleasing light source are big Energy/Cost Savings. LED’s not only preserve energy resources and help reduce global warming they also save money on your electricity bill. LED lighting uses 75 percent less electricity than incandescent light sources. Think of the savings for your electricity bill over time. They withstand shocks, vibrations, frequent switching and temperature extremes that rapidly incapacitate fragile incandescent lamps.

LED products also have longer life with an average lifespan of 20 years or 50,000 hours of use. A typical incandescent bulb lasts just 750 hours. That means more than 50 regular light bulbs would be needed to equal the service life offered by a single LED source. Another big benefit is they produce little to no heat and are cool to the touch, so they are safer then traditional lighting products

Energy Efficient LightingOne use of this new line of LED lights is the under cabinet lighting. This new lighting solution has been applauded for its energy savings, its slim half-inch profile and its ease of installation. In addition to under-cabinet lighting, there are also several LED products for spot lights, to replace incandescent bulbs and for the outdoors, including LED deck, step and accent lights.

Although LED lighting is in the spotlight, compact fluorescent lighting (CFL’s) continues to make important improvements as well. There are now hundreds of energy-efficient fluorescent fixtures in a variety of finishes and designs for every area of the home.

Making efforts to go green and make energy efficient home improvements doesn’t have to mean sweeping changes. We can start with simple changes such as saving time and money with energy efficient lighting and help the environment at the same time. Next time you go to buy bulbs make a greener choice and look for CFL’s or LED’s.

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