The lightbulbs we are used to purchasing, typically the most affordable ones, are not durable and can easily break. Most importantly these are highly inefficient, costing you more money in the long-run. 

The one thing we must start to be more conscious about is to stop generating so much waste. Global warming is real, and our daily habits are damaging the planet, starting with single-use plastic which is damaging the ocean at a rapid rate.

The use of eco-friendly lightbulbs in our home is a great first step to take in the path towards an eco-friendly lifestyle, by the simple fact that these are more than 5 times more efficient, ultimately consuming much less energy.

Energy-efficient lightbulbs can save about 25%-80% more energy, and can last 3-25 times loner. Energy.gov reports that by simply changing 5 of the most frequently used light bulbs in your home to energy star models, you can save around $75 per year. You might not think this is much, but consider how much energy could be saved if all households made the switch to eco-friendly lightbulbs.

There are three main types of eco-friendly light bulbs available on the market: halogen incandescent, LED and CFL. The average cost of these is as follows:

  • ECO Halogen Incandescent $35 for 24 Bulbs
  • CFL $22 for 6 Bulbs
  • LED $30  for 6 bulbs

When deciding which one to use, consider the amount of brightness you want. Previously, the intensity of a lightbulb was measured in watts which equals the amount of energy it consumes. However, for energy-efficient lightbulbs, their intensity is measured in lumens. Ultimately, the more brightness you want, the more lumens you should look for. 

On the other hand, if what matters most to you is the price point, consider purchasing the eco halogen incandescent, which will consume less power but will no be as efficient in the long run as LED and CFL. LED are the most expensive, however these are also the most recommended to have in rooms where the most brightness is needed. I assure you, the investment will pay itself within the first year.   

Moreover, if you are looking to try something more interesting, explore the possibility of purchasing the modern energy-efficient lightbulbs which are available in a variety of colors. You can also get LED smart light bulbs, which can be controlled from your smartphone and some can even be used with voice control.

No matter which light bulb you decide to do, this change will be a great investment in the long run. You will be reducing your energy bill and ultimately helping the planet. 

Below your can find some suggestions for different types of energy efficient lightbulbs. 

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NY Times Article – “The best LED light Bulbs”

The Home Depot – LED Light Bulbs

Phillips – LED Light Bulbs

Samsung – Smart LED Light Bulbs

Phillips – Color Smart LED Light Bulbs

Phillips – CFL Light Bulb

The Home Depot – ECO Halogen Incandescent