CFL’s and LED’s help you save on energy consumption and money by using less electricity than an incandescent bulb. According to energystar.gov,
ENERGY STAR Certified Light Bulbs:
- Use about 70-90% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs
- Last 10 to 25 times longer and saves $30 to $80 in electricity costs over its lifetime
- Meet strict quality and efficiency standards that are tested by accredited labs and certified by a third party
- Produce about 70-90% less heat, so it’s safer to operate and can cut energy costs associated with home cooling
Each household is eligible to receive one FREE light bulb kit when they become available. Please call our customer account representatives at 616-846-6250 to find out if kits are available.
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Some additional information:
HOW LEDS ARE DIFFERENT
LED lighting is very different from other lighting sources such as incandescent bulbs and CFLs. Key differences include the following:
- Light Source: LEDs are the size of a fleck of pepper, and a mix of red, green, and blue LEDs is typically used to make white light.
- Direction: LEDs emit light in a specific direction, reducing the need for reflectors and diffusers that can trap light. This feature makes LEDs more efficient for many uses such as recessed downlights and task lighting. With other types of lighting, the light must be reflected to the desired direction and more than half of the light may never leave the fixture.
- Heat: LEDs emit very little heat. In comparison, incandescent bulbs release 90% of their energy as heat and CFLs release about 80% of their energy as heat.
Are CFLs safe to use?…YES!
CFLs contain a very small amount of mercury (less than 5 milligrams), but none is released when you use a CFL bulb.
What if I break a bulb?
Open windows to ventilate the room. Do not vacuum the broken bulb pieces. Wear gloves when cleaning up. Use a broom and dust pan to sweep up larger pieces, then wipe with a wet paper towel. Place the broken glass, bulb base, and cleaning supplies into a sealable plastic bag and dispose.
Recycling your CFLs
It is important that we dispose of CFLs properly. Burned out bulbs should be taken to:
Ottawa County Resource Center
Grand Haven, MI 49417
Call (616) 393-5645 for hours
Or…check your local hardware store to see if they recycle CFLs.