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Upgrading your Home Lighting to Save Energy?

Here’s How to Choose Between LEDs and CFLs.

Both LEDs and CFLs offer significant energy savings. How do you decide between the two?

Energy-efficiency improvements are popular among homeowners because they combine environmental responsibility with financial return. These home upgrades can lower a home’s carbon emissions while also saving money by reducing electricity usage.

Energy upgrades may come with upfront investments, meaning some homeowners could be concerned about over-extending their budgets. Changing the home’s lighting offers an attractive option for homeowners as energy-efficient light bulbs provide excellent energy savings without significant costs.

We all know that energy-efficiency improvements are popular among homeowners because they combine environmental responsibility with financial return. The tricky part is actually finding the best energy efficiency products and options to save you the most.

Energy efficient upgrades may come with upfront investments, meaning some homeowners could be concerned about over-extending their budgets. Changing the home’s lighting offers an attractive option for homeowners as energy-efficient light bulbs provide excellent energy savings without significant costs.

What are the benefits of a lighting upgrade?

Upgrading your lighting is flexible and affordable. You can roll out your lighting upgrades as your budget allows by upgrading a room at a time. Switching to energy-efficient light bulbs is also a simple upgrade and doesn’t require hiring a professional.

When upgrading your lighting to a more energy efficient option, you can choose between LED or CFL light bulbs. Both offer energy savings and a more environmentally responsible way to light up your home.  You just have to be sure you know the difference between the two.

Which option lasts longer?

LEDs have the longest life span of any type of bulb. The average LED shines for 50,000 hours, while an average CFL will last 8,000 hours. By comparison, an incandescent bulb lasts for 1,200 hours.

How much energy is used?

Both CFLs and LEDs use less energy than incandescents, but LEDs use the least. Per lumen, CFLs use 13-15 watts and LEDs use 6-8 watts.

 

Which option had a lower cost?

Though prices are falling, LEDs still cost the most in stores. Per bulb, LEDs average around $8, while CFLs average $2. In total, LEDs will have greater energy savings over their life span, and both options will save more than replacing short-lived incandescents.

Do they look different?

Both LEDs and CFLs are available in soft, warm and bright white hues. However, some people feel LED lighting looks artificial and prefer CFLs.

Whether you choose CFLs or LEDs, by upgrading your lighting to energy-efficient light bulbs you’ll be using as much as 80 percent less energy than you would with incandescents.

Visit Gexa Energy’s website for more energy-saving tips.