LED energy efficient lighting

The light-emitting diode (LED) is one of today’s most energy efficient and rapidly improving lighting technologies. Quality LED light bulbs last longer, are more durable, and offer better light quality than other types of lighting. They are dimmable, instantly come on, can be disposed of much easier than CFLs, and various color temperatures (warm to cool) are available. 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 down lights 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. 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. When purchasing new lighting, you want to be sure to select Energy Star qualified LED bulbs. For a typical LED A19 (60W equivalent) bulb, you will want to consider lumens (light output) per watt, life, whether it is dimmable or not, whether it is omnidirectional, if it can be used in enclosed fixtures, and your desired color temperature.

If you would like to learn more please call our Energy Efficiency Professionals at 503-728-2163, and visit the conservation section on our website www.clatskaniepud.com.