Saving Money on Lighting

January 22, 2007

Saving Money on LightingMost people think if you put a Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) into a light fixture, you will automatically save money. This is not true! And I'm here to tell you why.


CFLs are the screw-in fluorescent lights. They can screw into a regular lightbulb base, and they work just like a fluorescent light. That is, they use a burst of energy when you first turn them on, so you don't start saving money until they have been on for 15 minutes. But after they are turned on, they start daintily sipping electricity. What this means is you should only use CFLs (or any fluorescent) in an area where the lights are on for 15 minutes or more. Good places for CFLs are: living rooms, kitchens, porch lights, yard lights. Bad places, where lights are turned on for a short time then turned off are: bathrooms, bedrooms and halls. Know where CFLs work best is the key to saving money.

By Chuck R. from Grand Rapids, MI

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January 3, 2012

You can actually save money on your power bill by adding more lighting options to a room. One overhead light is often more light than you need while in a room.

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October 18, 2021

Fixture too high to remove bulb to see what kind to replace with. Short of hiring a handyman twice; once to remove bulb and purchase new ones and again to replace bulb in fixture, is there any way to tell what kind, size of bulb to use?

The bottom of bulb is flat and it's small so I'm stumped

A decorative lightbulb in a ceiling fixture.


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In my area you would not have to hire a handyman twice. They come see what kind of bulb it is, buy it and install it. I would choose an LED version of whatever bulb you need

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February 27, 2020

As the preferred type of light bulb has been changing over the last several years the types of bulbs available has shifted. The newer LED bulbs are not only longer lasting their cost has dropped.


Finding the right bulb for your fixture and how it is used is one way to save money on light bulbs.

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