Saving Money on Lighting

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Lighting for your home is one area where you can save money relatively easily. This is a page about saving money on lighting.
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Most 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.

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By Chuck R. from Grand Rapids, MI

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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. In a living room, you can save money by using table lamps or a floor lamp with CFL bulbs or by making small pendant lights part of the room's decor.

Task lighting is often all that needed in a kitchen. A pendant light over an island or dining table is much more efficient than having a ceiling light on the entire time you are in the kitchen.

Wall sconces beside of the bed or accent lamps on bedside tables are sufficient for a bedroom. Bathrooms vanities need to be well lit to accommodate your morning routine, but softer lighting such as wall sconces, pendants, small chandeliers, and decorative night lights are sufficient for other times.

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Timers and dimmer switches can also help reduce your monthly electric bill.

By VeronicaHB from Asheboro, NC

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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.

A collection of different types of light bulbs.

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