Sep 07, 2017
With as much as 25% of the average home energy budget going toward electric lighting, energy efficient lighting can be a real cost saver over time.
Energy efficient lighting generally refers to Light Emitting Diode (LED) and Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs that use less energy, produce less heat and last much longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.
LED bulbs used to require special lighting fixtures. However, manufacturers have expanded the application of LEDs by “clustering” the small bulbs. Newer LED bulbs are made in clusters using as many as 180 bulbs per cluster. They are encased in diffuser lenses which spread the light in wider beams and are available with standard bases which fit common household light fixtures.
CFL bulbs are manufactured to be used in standard lighting fixtures and are essentially miniature versions of standard fluorescent bulbs. They come in warm white, which give off light similar to common incandescent bulbs, and cool white which is brighter and can have a bluish tint. However, there are some limitations to CFL bulbs. Special dimmable CFL bulbs should be used in circuits that have dimmable switches. CFL bulbs contain small amounts of mercury which can be released if the bulb is broken or during disposal.
While CFL bulbs are less expensive than LED bulbs, the price of LED bulbs has recently gone down, which gives them the best cost-savings over the life of the bulb when compared to other bulbs. LED bulbs are not easily damaged or broken, contain no mercury, and use less power making them an ideal choice for energy efficient lighting.
However, both LED and CFL bulbs are far more energy efficient and longer lasting than traditional incandescent bulbs and will save money in the long run.
For more information about McKee Homes new home lighting packages, fixtures and options, please read our New Home Plumbing and Lighting Fixtures on the McKee Homes blog and visit our Design Studio web page.