So your light bulb burned out. Â Today we will discuss how the lighting industry is changing in regards to how light bulbs are made and what this means to us, the consumers. Â Due to federal regulations, the old-fashioned incandescent bulb is being phased out in favor of new, energy efficient lighting options.
This is great news for the consumers because manufacturers are now making better bulbs that use less energy, which saves you money on your elctricity bill. Â Did you know that upgrading just 15 incandescent bulbs in our home could save us $50 per year? Â Another benefit of the new bulbs is that you do not have to change them as often because they have longer life spans.
Lumens VS Watts
Lumens are how we measure the light output of a bulb. This is a more accurate representation of measurement compared to what most of us are familiar with. Â More Lumens means its a brighter light. Â Lumens allow us to buy the type of light that we want, so think lumens, not watts.
Here is a chart that shows you lumen output equivalent of incandescent bulbs.
â€¢ To replace a 100-watt incandescent bulb, choose a bulb that gives you 1,600 lumens.
â€¢ To replace a 75-watt incandescent bulb, choose a bulb that gives you 1,100 lumens.
â€¢ To replace a 60-watt incandescent bulb, choose a bulb that gives you 800 lumens.
â€¢ To replace a 40-watt incandescent bulb, choose a bulb that gives you 450 lumens.
Light bulb OptionsÂ
Due to the new efficiency standards, we have more bulb options now. There are three different kinds of energy efficient light bulb to choose from. Halogen Incandescents, Compact Fluorescent lamps (CFL) and light-emitting diodes (LED). All three of these types come with standard screw-in bases that work with our existing sockets.
Halogen Incandescent bulbs are about 30% more efficient than regular incandescent bulbs and can last up to 3 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. Â These work perfectly with dimmers as well.
Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFL's) are simply curly version of the long fluorescent tubes we may have in our garage or kitchen. This bulb is 4X more energy efficient and can last 10X longer than incandescent bulbs.
The Light emitting diode (LED) is the most efficient of these bulbs. Â this type is more than 5X more energy efficient and can last 25X longer than incandescent bulbs while using very minimal amounts of energy.
Investing in energy efficient bulbs will save you money in the long run so consider them when purchasing your lighting fixtures or upgrading current bulbs at home or in the office.
We sell a variety of products that are compatible with these energy efficient bulbs such as:
Sibilla Pendant Lamp
, Afra Floor Lamp
, and the Puk Table Lamp,
just to name a few!