Monday, May 6, 2013

Why Should You Switch to Energy-Efficient Lightbulbs?

Last month, millions across the globe celebrated Earth Month. Although it’s officially over, we were so inspired that we decided to keep the green going. At Bulb Direct, we have hundreds of lightbulbs to suit any customer’s need, but we want to take the time to talk about what is best suited for the environment.

Whether you’re a company looking at larger orders or a customer focusing only on the wattage and voltage, don’t be afraid to stop and check out the “green” options. Energy-efficient lightbulbs use approximately 25 to 80 percent less energy than traditional incandescent lightbulbs and can last up to 25 times longer, according to the Department of Energy.

Here’s a look at how each type operates with the associated energy cost:

Traditional bulbs heat up a wire filament inside bulb, which causes it to light. Approximately 90 percent of the energy used is spent on heat—not light. Average cost per year: $4.80.

Halogen bulbs do not heat the entire bulb, but it concentrates heat with halogen gas. Average cost per year: $3.50.

Compact fluorescent bulbs, recognized by their “curly” appearance, requires 75 percent less heat than a traditional light bulb. Average cost per year: $1.61 per year.

Light-emitting diode bulbs are the most expensive bulbs (but last longest) and operate when electrons move through the semiconductor material. Average cost per year: $1.

Reducing overall reliance on non-renewable energy is even sweeter knowing you’re saving the environment—and money, so unscrew tradition, and let’s save some energy.