October 2017: Light the Moment

Posted by American Lighting Association on Thursday, October 26, 2017

American Lighting Association

Issue No. 81, October 2017


Light the Moment

Save energy and help protect the planet by using environmentally friendly LED bulbs. ENERGY STAR's Light the Moment video is part of a year-long campaign encouraging the use of LEDs.

GREEN LIGHT: Switch to LEDs to save energy, money

You can make a positive impact on our lives by making a commitment to conserve energy and protect the environment. Just by changing out your inefficient light bulbs with LED bulbs, you will make a difference.

ENERGY STAR is engaged in a year-long national campaign to educate people about the importance of using LEDs as a way to be green, and save some green too.

LED bulbs use 70-90 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and last at least 15 times longer. If every U.S. and Canadian household replaced just one bulb with an LED, nearly 7 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year would be prevented.

Do not be dissuaded by thoughts of high-priced bulbs. LED prices have come way down, now averaging around $2 per bulb, with some as low as $1. Combined with the energy savings, it does not take long for new LED bulbs to pay for themselves.

Make a difference by switching at least one incandescent bulb with an energy-efficient LED.

To see the latest LED bulbs and fixtures, visit an ALA-member showroom.

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BEST BULBS: Find the right fit for your fixtures

Choosing the right LED bulbs can be confusing. Following are a few tips to help you get the best bulbs for your fixtures.

  • Compare sizes and shapes of your current bulbs with those at the store. Manufacturers are coming out with more and more LED bulb variations all the time.
  • Check the lumens, which is required to be listed on the label. The more lumens, the brighter the bulb. For comparison, a 60-watt incandescent bulb is about the same brightness as an LED with 800 lumens.
  • Consider bulb color, which is measured in kelvins (K) and shown on the label. For a warm glow, similar to an incandescent, look for an LED with a color temperature around 2700K. For a whiter light, get a bulb that is 3000K. A bright white bulb is 3500-4100K, and a bluer white light is 5000-6500K.
  • Study the entire label to know if the bulb can be used outside and if it can be used with a dimmer.

To ensure you get the best bulb fit, talk to a lighting expert at an ALA-member showroom.

Learn more about light bulb choices from ALA online.

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LUMENS LESSON: Watts the difference? 


What's the difference between watts and lumens?

Watts indicate how much electricity is used by a bulb. Watts are not an indicator of a bulb's brightness.

Lumens measure the amount of light a bulb emits. A bulb's lumens let you know how it performs as it comes out of the light source.

For comparison, a standard 60-watt indandescent bulb and a 9-watt LED will both emit about the same 750-850 lumens.


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