De-LIGHT-ful savings

One of the first things I have done after we moved in to our new house in 2003 was to replace all light bulbs with Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL). I would call this "money savings for lazy" since there is so little effort required -- just buy the lamps and screw them in place of your regular light bulbs.

The initial cost is slightly higher (a 4-pack currently goes for $11.92 at Amazon) but the savings on energy over life time of the bulb will repay it and then more.

According to this cool looking CFL Savings Calculator from General Electric I am currently saving $190 every year and will save over $1000 by the time all my lamps need replacement.

CFL Savings Calculator

The life goes on however and it sounds like 5-10 years from now (when all my CFL's burn out ;-) ) I will have to upgrade again, this time to Light-Emitting Diodes (LED). They have a few advantages over CFL's. Two most important ones are probably reduced size and absence of power-on delay so irritating with CFL's.

In fact you already can see prices dropping on LED's as new technological advancements promise better energy efficiency and lower manufacturing costs. Below are two LED bargains that caught my eye lately. They look more like cool toys however and for my day-to-day needs I will stick to the "boring CFL's". ;-)

LED Light LED Flashlight
Super-bright 16-LED floodlight
rechargeable with hand-crank
Buy from Sharper Image for $19.95
Compact waterproof 9-LED flashlight
operates 40 hrs on 3 AAA batteries
Buy from LED Shoppe for $3.00

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7 Responses to “De-LIGHT-ful savings”

  1. 1 J.K. Jan 25th, 2007 at 10:58 am

    Just switched to these myself, but I had not seen the calculator. Now that I have I’m going to buy more. – Thanks!

  2. 2 bluntmoney Jan 29th, 2007 at 8:02 am

    Thanks for the calculator! I’m a fan of CFLs as well.

  3. 3 Yan Feb 1st, 2007 at 4:33 pm

    Here is an interesting reading from TreeHugger:
    How Many Lawmakers Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb?

  4. 4 Aaron Feb 13th, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    Has anyone found good CFLs to purchase? My wife hated that the ones we had took a full couple of seconds to turn on and had a white light to them.

  5. 5 Yan Feb 13th, 2007 at 6:09 pm

    That is a common problem with CFL’s. Things get worse in cold environment. This is why garage in winter is absolutely wrong place to use CFL’s at. Some brands however perform better than others. I will check what I use when I get home.

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