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Shedding Light on Energy Savings By Brian Sloboda The lightbulb has undergone


relatively few changes since it was  new technology that can drastically reduce the amount of energy and money used to light our homes (accounting for roughly 13 percent of the average household’s electric bill) has arrived. Consumers have several options


when choosing lights: traditional incandescent lightbulbs, halogen incandescent lightbulbs, compact  halogen bulbs, and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Most consumers are well aware of the energy savings of  their curlicue shape and the color of light they produce. In response,  that look like traditional lightbulbs.   incandescent bulbs. 


their way onto store shelves as well. They can last up to 25 times longer than a classic incandescent bulb but  LEDs are yellow in color even though the light they produce is white.) The key to buying an LED:  actual bulb to help cool it. LEDs  or porch light that stays on eight to 12 hours a day. 


incandescent hybrids, and advanced lamps) are another option. They  are dimmable. In fact, the dimming


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properties of halogens are the hardest for other light sources to mimic.


 and offer the shortest life (only three times longer than a traditional    from the market beginning in 2012. Advanced halogen lamps,


Philips and Sylvania offer LEDs to replace 60-watt incandescent bulbs at a cost ranging between $40 and $60. Prices are expected to drop as consumer demand for LEDs rises. Source: Phillips and OSRAMSYLVANIA


on the other hand, use infrared technology. These products provide a 20 to 30 percent increase in  times more than standard halogen products. Halogen incandescents also remain a good alternative for consumers not ready to make the  You can also try other simple


measures for trimming lighting  sensors to wall switches in bathrooms, basements or laundry rooms. These devices will automatically turn off lights when rooms are empty. 


When halogen lamps are


 decreases. This causes the light to change from white to yellow or red-orange. In many environments, such as homes and restaurants,  appreciate this “warmness” from dimmed lights. However, after traditional


incandescent lightbulbs, halogen


with a photo sensor that shuts off a light when the sun comes up. However, if the sensor is positioned in such a way that it is covered by a shadow, or if the sensor breaks, the light will operate during the  be a fairly simple task, but pay careful attention to all of the safety warnings and precautions that come with the new sensor. Understanding how much


energy different bulbs consume and  be easy ways to save energy while maintaining a home that provides ample light.


Brian Sloboda is a senior program manager specializing in energy efficiency for the Cooperative Research Network, a service of the Arlington, Va.-based National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Additional content provided by ESource.


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