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3 rom the top MAX A. MEEK, CEO AND GENERAL MANAGER We’ve all heard


this joke: How many (insert random type of person here) does it take to change a lightbulb? While the comedic value of the answer sometimes leaves a bit to be desired, the underlying principle—simple changes can needlessly get


complicated—stays the same. 


according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Thanks to a series of staggered federal standards and more lighting choices than ever before, the average homeowner could save $50 every year by using more  


 manufacturers to stop making 100-watt (W) incandescent bulbs in favor of ones using less electricity to produce the same amount of light (lumens). This doesn’t mean the outmoded bulbs went  town. But keep in mind 90 percent of the energy used by incandescent bulbs is wasted in the form of heat instead of lighting. If you don’t want to stray too far from the bulbs


you’re accustomed to, consider halogen incandescent lightbulbs. Color options and dimming abilities mirror their time-tested forbearers, but they cut energy consumption by 25 percent and last three times longer. Another style we’ve championed for years is


 bulbs slash energy use by 75 percent compared to traditional incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer.





shape or who worry about the very small amount of mercury in these bulbs, another, brighter option looms on the horizon: light-emitting diodes (LEDs). These solid-state products have been used in electronics since the 1960s, and manufacturers are ramping up efforts to transform them into the perfect  percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and can last 25 times longer—by far the longest lifespan yet. 


 for itself. But investments in manufacturing and increased demand should help drive down costs. By  10, and that’s good news for anyone who enjoys the thought of only changing a lightbulb once every 20 years or so.  standards fall into place, this time halting production of  incandescent bulbs. A year later, household lightbulbs using between 40W to 100W must consume at least  energy than


Ceramic metal halide lamps, used in yard lights and some commercial applications, boast good color quality and a long life. Source: Phillips


classic bulbs, saving Americans an estimated $6 billion to $10 billion in lighting costs annually. So what’s the punchline? Every time you change


 matter which kind you opt for, you’ll save money  to chuckle about. Learn more at www.EnergySavers. gov/Lighting.


OEC News Magazine | September 2012


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