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Lighting accounts for up to 11 percent of your home’s electricity use.

Traditional incandescent bulbs are no longer manufactured. Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) hit the market a decade ago as the newest and brightest in energy efficient lighting options. But while still available, they are being phased out of production in favor of light-emitting diodes (LEDs), the latest in lighting technology. Compare the benefits of these options below.

CFL BENEFITS
Use 70% less energy than incandescent light bulbs

Last 8 to 10 times longer than incandescent light bulbs

Come in different sizes and shapes to fit almost any fixture

Start slower; can take about a minute to reach full light output

LED BENEFITS
Use 80% less energy than incandescent light bulbs

Last up to 25 times longer than incandescent light bulbs and up to 3 times longer than CFLs

Start instantly; no warm-up time required

Generate very little heat

Light Fixtures

When updating your home’s light fixtures, a variety of energy-saving options for indoor and outdoor fixtures are offered.

  • Look for the ENERGY STAR label for good quality, a minimum two-year warranty and long life (light sources last 10-25 times longer).
  • Make sure you have a compatible dimmer switch if you want to dim your lights. Fixture manufacturers can provide a list of approved dimmer switches.
  • Many size and shape varieties offered, including options for holiday lighting to keep energy dollars in your stocking.
A note about ceiling fans
Run ceiling fans only when someone is occupying the room. Ceiling fans cool people, not rooms. In the winter, set the fan to run in a clockwise direction to push warm air down. During summer, set the ceiling fan to run counterclockwise to circulate cool air in the room.