Two months ago I sent my son ten dollars to buy me new light bulbs for my home. This week I was able to pick them up while visiting and wanted to share with you this amazing purchase. I have been wanting to change my bulbs to LEDs for the savings, but at $17 or more a bulb it wasn’t something I could justify doing through the entire apartment. I’m a little closer now.
In my son’s county, the electric company joined with Costco to offer reduced prices on LED and CFL bulbs. This is a great idea. With my son living in the second largest county in the state the savings to the electric company with large numbers of people making the switch will help to further reduce the dependency on coal, helping the environment while saving it’s customers plenty of money.
When I sent my son the money the LEDs were selling at 4 for $1.99. I told him to get as many as he could with my $10. Unfortunately, a little miscommunication between him and his wife, each thought the other had picked them up for me.
So when he realized they hadn’t purchased the bulbs he went to the store and found that special was no longer available. What he did find were 4 packs of CFLs for .39 and LED 3 packs for $7.99. Still a fantastic deal. So I, through him, purchased 1 pack of 3 LED bulbs and two boxes of 4 CFL.
These CFLs are a newer bulb. They contain less mercury than the original CFLs and the amounts of hazardous materials (while not eliminated) is lower than the European Restriction of Hazardous Substances standards for mercury.
These CFLs use 13 watts compared to a 60 watt incandescent bulb saving an estimated $208 dollars per year in use. I had never changed out the incandescent bulbs in my bathroom, so last night upon arriving home with my bulbs I headed to the vanity area to change the bulbs. In the time it took to change the first bulb the second was so hot I couldn’t touch it to remove it.
I’m glad in a way because it gave me an opportunity to compare the difference between the two bulbs. What I noticed amazed me! The CFL was a brighter and clearer light from the incandescent.
The LEDs I am happy with too. LEDs have less hazardous waste than CFLs so I will eventually switch the CFLs over in time, but I didn’t want to ask my son to use his own money at the store I decided this was the best way to spend the $10 for now.
The only disappointment I had was with the packaging. While the only waste on the package of CFLs was a small plastic window over the bulbs, there is more plastic covering the LEDs but that is I suppose minor to the utility savings I will be generating from my home. The light of the 4 watt bulb is slightly dimmer than the 60 watt incandescent when comparing the two so next time I might increase to a 6 watt to get more light, but for now this works fine.
The LEDs are 4 watts and will cost me .48 per year to operate based on 3 hours a day of usage. Now that’s a savings over the incandescent!
Sometimes it really does save to spend. Now to get more utility companies to do the right thing and help people to make the switch that will not only save them money monthly but will help the planet.
Has anyone else begun to switch over to energy efficient bulbs? Which have you chosen CFL or LED, why?
Gratitude means to recognize the good in your life, be thankful for whatever you have, some people may not even have one of those things you consider precious to you (love, family friends, etc). Each day give thanks for the gift of life. You are blessed. ~~ Pablo