20 percent of the nation’s energy comes from lighting
Owings Mills, MD -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/19/2012 -- Buying light bulbs seems to get more complicated by the day.
There are so many options and so many things to consider. There are compact fluorescents, LEDs and many other choices to as possible options.
Some are cheap, some are expensive, some are cheaper in the short term and some are cost-effective in the long term.
“We have an entire aisle dedicated to straight light bulbs. There’s so many choices. So many different sizes, so many different shapes. I mean, everything," says Samantha Supplee, the light bulb specialist at a local hardware store. She says people come in with questions all the time. Supplee also added that she does see more people buying energy-efficient lighting, according to Boisestatepublicradio.org.
Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have analyzed each of these options to find the best one. Ledbetter says LED technology is improving in the next five years and it will be twice as efficient as those currently on the market.
“The LED lamps are a very new technology, and so they are improving very, very rapidly. Every year, you can go into the store and find lamps that are significantly improved over the lamps that were available last year.”
The drawback of LEDs is that they are expensive. They can cost $20 to $50 each, but they will last about 20 years of consistent use. Compare that to CFLs that cost around $10, and are designed to last about ten years.
Ledbetter says that the rise of LED Lamps does not signal the end of compact florescent lights. He says CFLs work better in some settings, like a desk lamp. Since 20 percent of the nation’s energy comes from lighting, he believes it is important to understand the different options available.
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