Get instant savings when you upgrade to efficient CFLs and LEDs.
There’s nothing like the glow of warm lights at night to make you feel cozy at home. Upgrade to ENERGY STAR® certified CFLs or LEDs, and the savings can make you cozy, too. Plus, PSO provides instant, in-store discounts on select ENERGY STAR bulbs at participating retailers. Just follow the tips below and look for the “Savings that Shine” sticker to start saving today!
With traditional bulbs, wattage has been our gauge for brightness. But wattage really tells us how much energy a bulb uses. When comparing CFLs or LEDs, the best way to determine the “brightness” of a bulb is to look for lumens. The higher the lumens, the brighter the bulb.
CFLs and LEDs can work in any room. Some people prefer warm colors for bedrooms and living areas, and cooler tones for kitchens and workspaces.Measured in Kelvins (K), “Light Appearance” describes the color of light the bulb produces. For a warm, yellowish light like traditional bulbs, choose bulbs in the 2,700K – 3,000K range. For natural, bluer light, good for reading, look for bulbs in the 5,000K – 6,500K range.
Lighting facts at a glance
Next time you’re picking out a new bulb, look for the Lighting Facts label on the package. It provides the information you need to make the best choice for you.
Choose to save in the long run by choosing a bulb that costs less to operate. Check the Lighting Facts label for the “Estimated Yearly Energy Cost.” The lower the number, the more you save.
Install CFL bulbs in rooms where they are likely to be on for at least 15 minutes, such as the living room, kitchen or office. Frequently switching CFLs on and off reduces their lifespan.