Lighting in our homes is responsible for around 1.25-kilowatt hours of electricity usage every year. Depending on the bulbs you currently have in your home, you could reduce your lighting’s impact on your home’s energy usage. Keep reading to learn more about some of the most efficient options for your home’s lighting.
Best LED Bulb
Philips 60 Watt Equivalent 16 Pack LED Light Bulb
LED stands for light emitting diode. These bulbs are the most efficient option currently on the market. They were once only used in specialty lamps because they couldn’t fit into standard lamp connectors. Nowadays, they are able to be screwed into any standard lamp or fixture.
These bulbs last much longer than any other bulb including CFLs and halogen incandescent bulbs and are much more efficient. However, they do not shine light in all directions, which makes them best for lighting up specific spaces and task lighting, like reading lamps, or desk lamps. Additionally, they don’t heat up as much as other bulbs making them less of a safety/fire hazard.
Best Budget Bulb
Philips 455576 60W Equivalent 2700K A19 LED Light Bulb
One aspect of more efficient light bulbs that has people shying away from them is their price. A lot of them have the tendency to be more expensive, but this one gives you similar efficiency and for only $5.
Best Smart Bulb
Philips Hue White LED Smart Bulbs
A smart light bulb? Yes, you read that correctly. These bulbs will work with your Alexa or Google Home so you can control the lighting in your home with your phone, light switch, or tablet. These bulbs, in particular, are also dimmable, making them great for functionality and mood lighting.
Best Style Bulb
Feit Electric 40W Equivalent Dimmable Spiral Filament Light Bulb
While the rest of these bulbs have focused on efficiency, lifespan, and price this bulb is known for its style. These have been very popular in bars, restaurants, coffee shops and even in the home as hanging pendants or in chandeliers.
This particular bulb is an LED, so it is more efficient and lasts a while. On the downside, it gives off a very soft light, so it is better for mood lighting rather than task lighting.
While changing your lightbulbs will definitely have a positive impact on your home’s energy impact, nothing will have as large of an impact as solar panels. To learn more about your solar panel options, contact Energy Concepts either through our website or by giving us a call.