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Nick's action: Better Light Bulbs

Everyone knows that one of the things you're supposed to do when you want to become more sustainable and save energy and money is replace your light bulbs. This is how you do it.

Note: If you're already doing this action, take a look through each of the steps and make sure you haven't missed anything. If all's well, go ahead and check off all the boxes, then go start something new!
Step 1: Identify any non-flourescent or LED bulbs
Basically, you're looking for incandescent or halogen bulbs in your house. Incandescent are those round light bulbs that we had been using for a century or so to light ... read more
Basically, you're looking for incandescent or halogen bulbs in your house. Incandescent are those round light bulbs that we had been using for a century or so to light our homes. Halogen bulbs are either small cone-shaped bulbs or little rod-like bulbs often found in desk or track lighting.
June 23, 2009
My current plan is to replace the light bulbs in my bedroom. I still live with my parents so I don't really have control over the lights in my house, but I am going to see if it would be realistic to put CFLs or LEDs in the light fixtures in my room.
Steven Skoczen, June 23, 2009
Changing your room's lights is good, and the whole house is even better. Places like IKEA are selling CFL's for ~$2, which makes them pay for themselves and save the house money very quickly - maybe something to check out to convince the family!
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Step 2: Find CFLs or LEDs of similar brightness read more
There are a number of slightly different units for comparing how much light a light bulb appears to put off, but the one that is often used to compare compact florescent (CFLs) and incandescent bulbs, for example, is lumens. Fortunately, most manufacturers of efficient bulbs put on their packages what the equivalent inefficient bulb is. For example, a 13 watt CFL is comparable to a 60 watt incandescent bulb. The best thing is to look at what wattage bulbs you currently use and then go to the store and find efficient bulbs that claim to have similar outputs. You can alternatively use this website to compare incandescent and CFL bulbs.
Step 3: Replace the bulbs read more
Go through your home and replace your inefficient bulbs with more efficient new ones. And don't forget to still be vigilant in turning them off when not in use. Keeping lower energy lights on for longer periods of time defeats the purpose of replacing them in the first place. As a final note, if you are wondering what to do with your CFLs when they die, check out our FAQ question addressing that issue.
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