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Turn a light on in any of our energy-efficient homes, and chances are it’s a CFL or LED bulb. In fact, except for exposed decorative bulbs, 100% of the bulbs in our homes are CFL or LED.
But when it comes down to it, it’s because they’re simply better bulbs. Keep reading and you’ll see why.
LED bulbs are a more energy-efficient option than incandescent lighting. LED bulbs consume much less energy and emit more light per watt than incandescent or CFL bulbs. They also convert about 75% of the electrical energy to light, versus a majority of consumed energy being emitted as radiant heat like incandescent bulbs.
Another option that is gradually replacing incandescent bulbs is CFL bulbs. A couple reasons are because CFL bulbs use about 1/4 the electricity, and last up to 10x longer than incandescent bulbs. They can also save about 75% on energy costs when compared to incandescent bulbs. CFL bulbs also don’t put out as much radiant heat, which helps reduce the energy required by a home’s cooling system to keep a comfortable temperature.
A product of 19th century technology, incandescent light bulbs are less efficient than lighting options of today. Incandescent light bulbs also waste about 90% of the energy they consume, using only 10% to generate visible light. Most of their energy is emitted as heat rather than light, which increases the energy required to cool a room or home.
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