Can Energy Efficient Light Bulbs Save You Money?
Energy efficient light bulbs can play a significant part in helping you to save money, while preserving energy resources and the environment at the same time. They can do this without you needing to suffer any reduction in the amount of light which is available in your rooms, as the compact fluorescent bulb will give off the same amount of light as an equivalent incandescent bulb using five times as much power. Using these bulbs also saves you time, as you will need to change them far less often.
So, the common misconception that energy efficient lights must leave your room more dimly lit is completely false. Why, then, do so many people still use the traditional incandescent bulbs which have no conceivable advantage? The first and most obvious answer is force of habit, as thousands of people have been buying and using incandescent bulbs since their youth, and saw their parents doing the same. Even though there has been a great amount of publicity concerning all aspects of energy preservation, it has obviously not been enough to convince these people to change. More will no doubt do so as they realize the benefits, so there will be an ongoing gradual changeover.
There are, though, genuine reasons why people have been reluctant to change over to energy efficiency lighting. In the past, the bulbs themselves were significantly more expensive than the equivalent incandescent bulb, and the claims as to how long they would last were greatly exaggerated. Often, these bulbs would malfunction after a relatively short time of use, leaving the user with a feeling of not only disappointment, but also of being lied to and swindled. In recent years longevity has greatly increased, and the manufacturer claims are now more genuine and realistic.
The initial expense of buying energy efficient light bulbs has also greatly diminished, making them a far more practical alternative. They are still more expensive to buy than incandescent bulbs, but with the great improvement in longevity they are no longer more expensive over time. This is without even considering the ongoing savings in fuel which you will make. If you have been burned in the past with poor buys of fluorescent light bulbs, now may be the time to give them another chance, as the odds have moved significantly in their favor.
Another genuine concern which people have voiced in the past is that the bulbs do not often shine at the brightness levels which are quoted. It is often claimed that when you first switch on a fluorescent bulb, it glows only dimly and then takes time to reach full brightness. It is also claimed that even when they do not malfunction these bulbs are prone to develop black markings near the base which seem to diminish the light given out. Again, these problems have now been largely overcome and there are thousands of satisfied users of low energy fluorescent light bulbs.
Energy efficient light bulbs are now cheap enough to allow for experimentation until you find a make and model which you are comfortable with. If you stick to the known brands, you should not go far wrong. Buying a recognized brand from a large discount store will get you the best of both worlds, you will be buying quality but still paying a cheap price for it. Once you have found the right reliable brand, you can simply keep replacing a bulb with the same type on the rare occasions they need replacing. You will continue to save money on every electricity bill with energy efficient light bulbs.
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