CFL, LED, Watt, Lumen, what does it all mean? There are more light bulb options now than ever before which can make purchasing the right one a daunting task.
So before you go shopping, see below for some clarification:
If you’ve paid any attention to the news, read any articles or spent time in your local home improvement stores lately, you’d know that there has been a tremendous push toward energy efficient lighting. While incandescent bulbs once dominated the light bulb category, they have been phased out by the Energy Independence and Security Act in 2014. This is important to keep in mind because the next time a bulb blows, you may not be able to replace it with another incandescent.
So what are your options? Compact fluorescent (CFL) and light emitting diode (LED) bulbs are the most common, and most energy efficient options on the market these days. They both have lower wattage than incandescent bulbs but have the same amount of light output (which saves you money).
LED bulbs can save you up to 80% in energy costs each year and can last longer than 20 years in some cases. They don’t contain any mercury, which is one of the downsides when it comes to CFL bulbs, but they are a bit more expensive.
Still not sure which is the right light bulb choice for your home? You can give the expert electricians at Lon Lockwood Electric a call any day of the week and we’ll be glad to help you out! We can even install new light fixtures and bulbs for you! Don’t be left in the dark, call (585) 766-4702 today!