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The Most Energy Efficient Light Bulbs for Your Lady Lake Apartment

When it comes to helping save both the environment and some money, few things do both as well as cutting back on your electricity costs. One of the best ways to save on your power bill is by switching to energy efficient light bulbs, which come in a few varieties, but don’t let the range of choices confuse you. Read on to learn a little more about the latest lighting alternatives available so that you can feel better prepared to decide which is best for you.

Energy efficient light bulbs come in two basic categories. These are:

CFL – CFLs, or compact fluorescent lamps, are fluorescent lights folded into the shape of an incandescent (or standard) light bulb. CFLs have a lifespan anywhere between 6,000 to 15,000 hours, some 8 to 15 times longer than incandescent bulbs of comparable brightness. They also consume only about 30 percent of the energy of equally bright incandescent bulbs. CFLs typically cost around $4 a bulb, and although they are more expensive than standard light bulbs, their longevity and energy efficiency make them a great entry-level investment into environmentally friendly lighting.

LED Bulbs – LED (short for light-emitting diode) lamps are bulbs composed of dozens of semiconductor diodes grouped together to produce bright, clear light. LEDs produce even greater color fidelity than CFLs, last anywhere from 20,000 to 30,000 hours of continuous use, and consume as little as 15 percent of the energy of equivalent incandescent bulbs. However, even though LED lamps will save you money in the long term, as a relatively new technology they have significantly higher production costs than incandescents and CFLs, with the best bulbs sometimes costing upwards of $50 each. While the bulbs will eventually pay for themselves (those 25,000 hours translate to over 10 years of typical use), LED lamps are best suited for those who are willing to pay the increased cost upfront to help the planet or who want to upgrade from their existing CFL lighting.

If you’re a resident at The Quarters, we want you to get the most out of your Lady Lake apartment. We hope that these tips will save you money on your electricity bills and help lead you and our planet to a brighter tomorrow.