Brighten homes with energy-efficient lighting

Use these energy-saving tips for indoor lighting

On average, lighting accounts for about 8 - 10% of your energy bill. Here are some of the easiest and fastest ways you can reduce lighting costs around your home.

Grab the right bulbs

Comparing LEDs and CFLs

ENERGY STAR® LEDs
$135

Lifetime savings

ENERGY STAR® CFLs
$40

75% less

Produce less heat than incandescent bulbs

75% less

Up to 25 x longer

Lifespan compared to incandescent bulbs

Up to 10 x longer

Yes

SRP discount

No

Gain the power to control light

Dimmers and light controls help avoid wasting energy, by allowing you to control how much light to use and when to shine it.

  • Dimmers are perfect for indoor spaces where you want to control the mood. Bedrooms, dining rooms and living rooms are ideal areas where dimmers let you adjust the brightness.
  • Light controls allow you to make your home more secure at night. By setting a timer, you avoid wasting energy during dawn, early evening and daytime hours.
  • If your dimmer is more than five years old it probably isn't electronic and may need to be replaced. Newer dimmers communicate with the bulb better, providing you a full dimming range while helping your bulb live longer.
  • Be sure to read your label. Most CFLs and some LEDs may not be compatible with dimmers.

Set the mood

When shopping for energy-efficient lighting it's essential that you don't confuse brightness with color. Before making the purchase read labels carefully and pay attention to the kelvins (K) (temperature of the light) listed on the packaging.

  • Warm, yellow light, similar to traditional bulbs, is listed at 2,700K
  • Whiter light, similar to halogen bulbs, is measured at about 3,000K
  • Bright white, mimics daylight, is measured at 3,500K to 4,000K
  • Bluer white, recommended for outdoor lighting, is measured at 5,000K to 6,500K

Go natural when possible

During cooler months, open your blinds and let the sunlight shine through. You'll not only reap the benefits of free lighting, but you'll help warm up your home.

Tip for shade screen owners: remove screens during the winter to let more light and heat in. Once temperatures heat up, put your shade screens back on.


Must-remember tips

  1. Read the label to check for fixture compatibility
  2. Know how to clean up a broken CFL
  3. Recycle your CFL to dispose of it properly
  4. Choose bulbs based on the type of room
  5. Read ENERGY STAR's guide for complete details

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