Efficient Ways to Light Your Home



adding energy-efficient upgrades to your home, it's important to ensure
even the most fundamental of enhancements—such as lighting—offers the
ease of use, reliability and value expected from traditional,
incandescent options.

Advancements in bulb technology

Though they have had a presence in homes for the last three decades, the
compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulb has greatly improved since its
infancy. Some enhancements include reduced price, availability in
standard warm tones and "A-line" shaped bulbs that mimic the look and
feel of traditional incandescent bulbs.

New technologies include GE's Bright from the Start CFL. This hybrid
halogen-CFL light bulb provides instant brightness, and is now available
at Target in a 100-watt incandescent replacement -- in addition to
other wattages -- for table or floor lamps, as well as globe lights for
vanity lighting and floodlights for recessed lighting used in rooms
throughout the home.

While new lighting advancements bring a wealth of benefits to many
homeowners, there are still some mixed messages about the value of CFL
bulbs, as a whole.

Common myths related to CFL bulbs

As the lighting industry shifts to provide more energy-efficient
lighting options, more and more homeowners are giving CFLs a try.
However, a variety of myths about CFL lighting still exist today, many
of which are no longer true, including:

1. CFLs produce an unattractive blue light. Today's
CFLs can produce a soft white color similar to incandescent bulbs. Check
the packaging for Kelvin numbers within a range of 2,700 to 3,000 for a
warmer light appearance.

2. CFLs take a long time to get bright. While many
CFLs takes up to a minute to reach full brightness, there are now more
advanced options. GE's hybrid-halogen CFL, uses a Brightness Booster, or
a halogen capsule, for instant brightness, eliminating to wait for
bright light.

3. CFLs are only available in corkscrew shapes. Many
options are now available that mirror the traditional shape of
incandescent bulbs for a variety of applications. One option is a
100-watt replacement bulb for table or floor lamps, as well as globe
lights commonly used for bathroom vanity lighting and recessed lighting
in kitchen, living and dining rooms.

Source: www.gelighting.com.

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