Dirty Light Bulbs Waste Electricity And Other Interesting Home Lighting Facts

Posted on: 14 October 2015

These days, people aren't just looking to save a buck, they are also becoming more concerned with the environment and their individual carbon footprints. It's easy to see how home lighting and energy usage is becoming more and more important to homeowners. Becoming familiar with a few key facts may even reflect on your electric bill.

LED Lights Do Not Attract Bugs

Bugs are naturally attracted to UV light. Other lighting types, like compact fluorescent lights, commonly referred to as CFLs, and the old school incandescent bulbs give off enough of the UV light to act as a magnet. LEDs, on the other hand, lack this particular light and keep bugs at bay.

Dirty Light Bulbs Waste Electricity. Thanks to the longer lives of CFLs and LEDs, light bulbs actually have the opportunity to get dusty and need a little cleaning. It's important to remember to clean them, too. The U.S. Department of Energy reports dust can waste up to 30% of energy compared to a newly cleaned one. Money saving tip: dryer sheets can be used as an alternative to microfiber cloth for the cleaning of light fixtures or light bulbs. Another plus is they leave a nice scent.

George W. Bush Phased Out The 40 and 60 Watt Incandescent Bulbs

In 2007, President George W. Bush signed a law regarding energy efficiency and as of January 1, 2014, the 40 and 60 watt incandescent light bulbs were no longer imported or made in America. As a result of this ban, sales for these bulbs obviously rose, as people hoarded the lights in an attempt to avoid the change.

Incandescent Lights Are Still More Popular Than Any Other Bulb

Despite the push to LEDs and CFLs, incandescent bulbs remain the top seller. Even with the push from manufacturers, LEDs are still found in relatively few homes across America. However, the greener people become, the more LEDs and CFLs will be ultimately be sold.

Hopefully these few facts can give some answers and add to the conversation of which lighting type to consider for your home. It can be difficult to choose now that there are multiple types of bulbs available and making a good pros and cons list will help you carve a path to what will work best and keep a few extra bills in your pocket. Talk to an electrical contractor for more information on the best light bulbs.