Light Bulbs – Incandescent vs. Fluorescent

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Are you an energy-conscious person? Perhaps you have a big house that needs a lot of light. What type of light bulbs do you use? I have seen over the years that regular incandescent light bulbs tend to draw a lot of electricity and generate a lot of heat. This is compounded when the ceiling is low or if the air flow through the building is not moving. The truth be told, though, fluorescent bulbs do generate a little bit of heat, but they save on your monthly and yearly energy bills.If you do not believe me, here is a test I want you to try. If you are using regular incandescent bulbs in your home, take a look at your electricity bill over a period of two months and then buy some fluorescent bulbs and change out the regular incandescent bulbs. For the next two months, take a look at your electricity bill and you will see the difference. The amount of money that you would save over time is indeed astounding. To show you how good the fluorescent bulbs are, an 18W fluorescent bulb is approximately equivalent to a 75W incandescent bulb, in terms of luminance. So you use less energy for the same level of brightness.

This just goes to show that if you want to save money on your electricity bill, fluorescent bulbs are the way to go.

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1 Comment

  • Dave says:

    The difference in heat output is only 5% between incandescent and fluourescent. When you consider that lights are mainly used during the short days of winter in the early morning and late evening then you must consider that the reduced heat contribution to your home from the lights will result in higher heating costs overall. The colder your region, the more effect this has.

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