Why Choose Eco-Friendly Lighting?
Forget Incandescent Light Bulbs and Switch to Eco-Friendly Lighting
Did you know that 90% of energy used by incandescent light bulbs goes to heating, rather than lighting? Incandescent light bulbs also produce carbon dioxide, which is terrible for the environment. Incandescent bulbs existed as the only source of electronic light bulbs for the last 200 years, but today there are greener options.
If you’re concerned about the environment, but don’t know where to begin, you should know that slowing the emission of greenhouse gases can begin with greener lighting. With many states considering the ban of incandescent light bulbs, it is time to consider switching to greener lighting. The following green lighting options are better for the environment, last longer, and will save you money on energy costs. Don’t wait for the law to change, ban incandescent light bulbs in your home now.
Solar lighting is both convenient and environmentally friendly. This technology harnesses the power of the sun to provide you with lighting. Of all the green lighting options, solar lighting is the greenest because it requires zero watts of electric power. If you’re lucky enough to live in a sunny area, you’ll be able to charge your lights every single day, ensuring you have adequate lighting night and day.
Did you know solar lights are available indoors, as well as outdoors? Solar panels are available to keep indoor solar lights going. When you’re using solar lights outside, you don’t need solar panels because they’ll have direct access to the sun during the daytime hours. This will charge them up and make them night-time ready. “Solar eliminates the inconvenience of messy wires or nearby outlets,” says solar rope lights provider PartyLights.com. “They stay illuminated for 8-12 hours depending on lighting conditions, and turn on/off automatically via the built in light sensor.”
CFLs, or compact fluorescents, last 10 times longer than traditional incandescent light bulbs. If this isn’t reason enough to switch to CFLs, consider that each bulb saves you roughly $30 on energy bills. In general, CFLs cost between $3 and $5, which is only slightly more than incandescent light bulbs. Considering how little energy they consume, many argue that CFLs are actually less expensive than incandescent light bulbs.
CFLs do have a large drawback, when you consider that each bulb contains mercury and is therefore hazardous material. These bulbs cannot be thrown out with the regular trash. They must be disposed of properly, in order to avoid contaminating landfills. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends taking advantage of local recycling options. Businesses, such as Home Depot, have recycling programs for these bulbs, as do many other local businesses.
LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, can last up to 50,000 hours. “I truly believe that LEDs are the future of lighting,” Lighting Science president Ron Lusk told This Old House magazine. “The battle we face right now is cost. The efficiency is great, but they are still cost-prohibitive.”
The hours of lighting an LED bulb can produce are far greater than CFLs, which produce roughly 10,000 hours of lighting. Incandescent light bulbs are only capable of producing 1200 hours of lighting. Both CFLs and Incandescent light bulbs are less expensive than LED light bulbs, and they produce a brighter light. Right now, a 30-watt LED light bulb can cost around $50, and are best used for reading lights or in table lamps. Because of its lack of energy consumption, and hours garnered from a single bulb, LED lighting more than pays for itself over time.