Switching to CFL bulbs is one of the best ways to save energy and money.
You have a variety of light bulbs to choose from. Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) will help you lower energy use and cost. Below you will find essential information about lighting legislation. You will also find making the switch from incandescent lamps(ILs) to energy saving CFL bulbs have many benefits.
Energy Dependence and Security Act
In December 2007, the Federal government passed the Energy Independence and Security Act. This act contains maximum wattage requirements for ILs.
These new rules demand that any new bulbs being manufactured adhere to certain performance requirements. Depending on the lamp, the requirements include: lifetime, maximum wattage, and/or minimum lumen per watt requirements. ILs do not meet these standards. This forced light bulb manufacturers to change their standards.
This changeover began in 2012, and manufacturers were no longer allowed to produce 100 watt ILs. 75 watt ILs were phased out in 2013, followed by 45 watt light bulbs in 2014.
There are some exceptions to the act. Specialty lighting, such as landscape lighting and plant lights, is exempt. Light bulbs that are less than 40 watt or more than 150 watt are also exempt.
Energy Efficiency of CFL Bulbs
Today, ILs are still the most common type of bulbs found in homes. To produce light, these bulbs convert heat to light at high temperatures. These lights have an average life of 2,000 hours. They are not very efficient.
CFL bulbs, on the other hand, convert ultraviolet light to visible light. This is done through a collision of electrons and mercury atoms within the lamp, which is much more efficient than the process ILs use. The process results in a 25% reduction in the total energy used during its 8,000 hour lifetime.
CFL bulbs contain mercury. The mercury is not harmful when the light is working. The mercury can be released into the environment if the bulb breaks and is not recycled properly. CFL bulbs need to be recycled instead of thrown in the trash once they burn out.
Today, CFL bulbs provide the best value for you. They use about 75% less energy than standard ILs and last up to 10 times longer. A CFL that has earned the ENERGY STAR rating can save more than $40 in electricity costs over its lifetime. The goal is for people to begin to buy energy efficient light bulbs. CFL bulbs produce the same amount of lumens as the ILs, but use less wattage. Lighting accounts for about 12% of the average household’s energy bill. CFL bulbs will help you save money on your utility bills. Overall, the use of CFL bulbs will provide great cost savings.
CFL Bulb Replacement Guide
Follow the below guide for replacing your current bulbs:
- A 40 watt IL should be replaced with a 9-12 watt CFL that produces 450 lumens.
- A 60 watt IL should be replaced with a 13-18 watt CFL that produces 800 lumens.
- A 75 watt IL should be replaced with a 19-24 watt CFL that produces 1,100 lumens.
- A 100 watt IL should be replaced with a 25-30 watt CFL that produces 1,600 lumens.