June 02, 13
Efficient Lighting Industry Bulbs
- Efficient Lighting Industry Bulbs
Did you know that by choosing an energy-efficient 100-watt bulb to replace your old incandescent one, you could save over one hundred dollars by the time that new bulb finally goes out for the final time? Or that the new bulb will have lasted from six to ten times as long as the old one?
Count the number of lighting fixtures you use and it becomes immediately clear that the time is now to complete the changeover from outdated lighting technology to new, highly efficient lighting. And if your lighting fixtures are in a factory, warehouse, or another commercial or industrial venue, your time for moving into the bright new age of lighting efficacy ran out decades ago.
In many countries, people still cling overwhelmingly to the old, inefficient incandescent bulbs, chiefly because their initial cost is much lower than the outlay for their modern replacement fluorescents or LEDs. Slowly but surely, however, the tide is turning across the planet, and the new lighting solutions are inexorably taking over.
Tips for Efficient Lighting
- Choose LEDs or CFLs for your replacement lighting needs whenever possible.
- Replace the older T12s with T8 fluorescents or the newest generation T5s. This renovation requires some new wiring, as well as a change in electronic ballasts, but will pay for itself quickly.
- While you’re going about getting rid of all trace of incandescents, be sure to do away with your 300-watt, energy-guzzling halogen torchieres. These lamps are not only inefficient, but also dangerous. A CFL torchiere of 50 to 70 watts will provide the same brightness, much more efficiently.
- Make sure you are using the right systems to control your various lamps. LEDs need different dimmers, for example, and black-baffled recessed cans are not meant for use with CFLs.
- Change out fixtures that are older than ten years, in favor of the new, more efficient, models.
- If a light is going to remain on for more than two hours, be sure to replace the bulb with high-value fluorescents.
- Is the ambient temperature generally fairly cold? Before choosing your replacement lighting, make sure it will function well by checking the starting temperatures listed on the packaging.
- Don’t forget to change out those good-looking incandescent downlights for dedicated CFLs, which last far longer, use far less energy, and are nearly maintenance-free.
- Save overall by smart choices in your lighting design. Are you over-installing lighting in some spaces? Are you putting tons of fixtures on one switch? These common mistakes, and many more, eat into the savings your replacement lighting solutions would have provided and, over time, negate them.
Even if replacement lighting is accomplished one fixture at a time, the initially higher outlay will provide a much higher value and certainly far lower maintenance. Time to get bright? Get efficient!