Top 5 Energy Efficient Light Bulbs on the Market
Light Bulbs that Have the Best Energy Efficiency
It doesn’t seem to be common knowledge, but do you know that incandescent light bulbs have begun being phased out of the market after a bill was written up in 2012 to ban the highly energy inefficient light bulbs? It doesn’t take a lot to see why these light bulbs are being taken off the market; with so many different types of light bulbs being made, there is a greater efficiency rate for saving energy with ones such as CFLs, Halogens, and LEDs. Since incandescent light bulbs have ruled the market for so long, many people may wonder what light bulbs are the best for the environment and best to light your home. Well, recently a consumer report was released naming the top five LED, CFLs, and Halogen energy efficient light bulbs on the market today by comparing them to a leading 60 watt incandescent light bulb.
- General Electric’s Reveal Bright From the Start Hybrid Halogen-CFL 15W
The problem with most CFLs at the moment is that it takes a little over a minute to achieve maximum brightness from the bulb. This can be slightly annoying if your light isn’t bright enough to light up a room until after waiting for some time. Of course GE took care of this with a light bulb that is a hybrid of a Halogen and a CFL. Now the light will be at full illumination as soon as it starts, thanks to the Halogen technology within the bulb. It also has the energy efficiency of a CFL, lasting about seven years, and is right under 500% more energy efficient than a standard incandescent light bulb.
- General Electric’s Crystal Clear Halogen A19 43W
This clear light bulb has more of an aesthetic quality to it, providing a dimmer light but a more visually appealing look. This light bulb, which is a Halogen light bulb and not a CFL, is close to 50% more efficient than a standard 60W incandescent light bulb. Though it is not as efficient as a CFL, it does have a lasting life of about 1000 hours. Keep in mind that this is a constant time, so if you use it normally in a home it can last up to 1500 hours.
- Philips’ Energy Saver Mini Twister 13W
This CFL light bulb has a long life to it, and with some serious energy saving qualities. It has been reported to last somewhere between 9-11 years and will beat a normal incandescent light bulb’s energy efficiency by close to 600%. Of course, as you notice, this is not a CFL-Halogen hybrid but simply just a CFL, so it takes a bit of time to warm up to maximum illumination. That being said it is one of the fastest warm up times for a CFL, timed at about 45 seconds.
- Philips’ AmbientLED A19 12.5W
We have not seen an LED light on this list and with the specs of how one of these provide you with lasting light, a great range of light and energy efficiency, many would be surprised to not see it at number one. Well to be clear, LED lights can be a bit more expensive than the rest being that this one is about $25 dollars for one light bulb. Of course, don’t let the price scare you away, because it could be the last lights you’ll ever have to buy. With a life span of about 23 years you might just forget how to change a light bulb if you use these in your home. On top of the lasting light span, this light was found to be a little more than 500% more energy efficient than a standard 60W incandescent light bulb. With a soft white glow, energy efficiency, and a near lifetime of light this product maybe all you need.
- Ecosmart’s Led A19 13W
Similar to the Philips’ AmbientLED light, it provides you with the same lasting life and only a slightly lower energy saving quality that you would come to expect with an LED, as well as the $25 price tag. The one difference is this light will glow slightly brighter with its 13W soft white glow, thus providing a brighter lit area.
With so many great light bulbs on the market that provide a more energy efficient option for our planet, and an easier electric bill for your wallet, it almost seems mad that we haven’t moved to these light bulbs faster. CFLs have been proven to be the best bet for consumers at the moment provided their energy efficiency, life time, and price compared to the other two brands, but with technology advancing and a competitive market, prices may even out over time. With greater light spans, more efficient light, and with only a few dollars more upfront, you can begin saving money and saving space in landfills by using the same light bulbs for years to come. So when the day comes that incandescent light bulbs are a thing of the past, you can be ready with options to find the perfect energy efficient lights for your needs.