Credit:  Mike Mozart

Credit: Mike Mozart

Switch to LED Light Bulbs

Incandescent light bulbs have been around for a long time since they were first patented in the United States in 1879 by Thomas Edison. They paved the way for many of life’s improvements. However, new technology is now available to produce the same levels of lighting brightness, and with comparable color spectrums, while using way less electricity. You can reduce your lighting energy consumption 80 percent by replacing outdated incandescent bulbs with LEDs. LED bulbs are efficient, long lasting, and compatible with all of your light fixtures.

Did you know:

  • A compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb uses less than ¼ of the electricity that an incandescent bulb uses to produce the same light.
  • The new generation of Light Emitting Diode (LED) light bulbs use 1/6 of the electricity that an incandescent bulb uses. That represents up to a $5.50/yr savings for every 60 watt light bulb you change out (based upon using the light 3 hrs/day @ $.10/kw-hr).
  • The new generation of LED bulbs contain no mercury or lead.
  • LED light bulbs have the longest lifespan of any type bulb- around 100,000 hrs.

What to do:

  • Buy the LED or CFL bulb that best suits your needs.
    • Available at most hardware stores and many grocery and drug stores.
    • PSE offers substantial rebates on the purchase of LED light bulbs (many are instant rebates)
  • PSE’s Home Print Program offers a free energy audit & will change up to 20 bulbs for LED bulbs.