Saturday, October 3, 2009

DIY Cut Monthly Electricity Costs on Lighting

By Steve Brodie

If you want to save money on your power bills this DIY cut monthly electricity costs article is going to show you some great and practical ways. You and your family could enjoy some new green products or even a small vacation.

The abbreviation CFL stands for Compact Fluorescent Lamp, sometimes known as a circular fluorescent bulb. CFL and incandescent bulbs each generate light in different ways.

Since Thomas Edison's invention of incandescent light bulbs they have pretty much worked the same way. After electricity is connected to both sides of the carbon filament it gets hot and the outcome is light. In CFL bulbs, as with older fluorescent tubes, a closed glass tube is coated with a fluorescent coating that glows when current is applied to the argon and mercury vapour inside.

You might've heard how the incandescent bulbs work but if you are using the bulb more than a couple of times a year, your money is being wasted, no matter how cheap the bulb was. If you want to save money look for the green products. One of the newer Energy Star compact fluorescent light bulbs saves around 75% in costs over the equivalent incandescent bulb. In a period of 6 months A CFL bulb will pay for itself and save you about $30 per bulb over the period of its lifetime!

The CFL bulb has come a long way these days giving us a much wider choice of light spectrum that is omitted. The mood of the rooms in your house, office or any other rooms can be greatly changed. You can choose CFL colors varying from a warm yellow to a daylight blue. If you like the mood that incandescent light bulbs produce then going for a warmer CFL light would suit you better. A good thing to remember is that the bluer light can be quite harsh and have negative effects on light sensitive people.

Take a look on the packaging for a number that ends in K which stands for Kelvin, it gives you the temperature of the bulb. If you want a warm/yellow bulb look for a Kelvin rating of 2700k-3000k. If you're looking for a cool white bulb look for a rating of 3500K-4100K. And a Daylight blue bulb is a rating of 5000K-6500K.

To replace 40 watt incandescent bulbs, use 9-13 watt CFL bulbs to get the same results. Replace a 60 watt incandescent with a 13-15 watt CFL. Replace a 75 watt incandescent with an 18-25 watt CFL. And if you want to replace 100 watt incandescent bulbs look for the 23-30 watt CFLs.

All your used fluoro bulbs should be attempted to be recycled. It's forbidden in some states to throw away old mercury bulbs with the normal solid waste trash. Thats because in one CFL there is about 5 milligrams of mercury.

If you want places to recycle your used CFL bulbs and other green products you can take them to places such as IKEA, (OSH) Orchard, ACE Hardware and Home Depot.

If you are wanting decorative lights, consider Energy Star qualified light emitting diode (LED) bulbs. These bulbs create the exact same amount of light as their equivalent incandescent bulb and use up to 90% less energy! It has been said that you can power 140 LEDs with the power required to burn one single 7 watt incandescent bulb!

So it's a good idea to use CFLs inside and outside you could try the LEDs. These will reduce your carbon footprint and save you lots of money at the same time.

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