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​First let's look at the different lighting options.  

CFLsOver the past several years compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are being used by more and more homeowners and are available in a wide variety of wattages, sizes, color temperatures, and base types.
Let's take a look at how CFLs compare to the traditional incandescent bulb.
  • Traditional incandescent bulbs use a great deal of energy to provide light.
  • Only 10 percent of the energy of an incandescent bulb actually goes to providing light.
  • The rest is burned off as heat.
  • CFLs use much less energy and last up to 10 times as long as traditional light bulbs.
  • Replacing 1 incandescent bulb that burns for 10 hours per day with a CFL can save you up to $14 per year.
Today's energy-efficient CFLs produce bright warm light, use 75 percent less energy, generate 75 percent less heat and last up to 10 times longer than standard bulbs.
Confused about which type of CFL to purchase? Check out ENERGY STAR's CFL light guide to help choose the right CFL for your lighting application.
  • Fluorescent bulbs do contain a small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tubing, although much less than the amount that is released from power plants when powering traditional incandescent bulbs.
  • Coal contains mercury and this mercury is released into the environment when coal is burned to produce electricity.
  • CFLs should always be recycled at the end of their lifespan.
  • Many retailers recycle CFLs for free and you can recycle them at the county's chemical collection centers.
  • For more information:
  • EPA CFL Resource
  • Sarasota County Solid Waste CFL Disposal Information
  • Clean-up recommendations if a CFL breaks in your home
Another lighting option is light emitting diodes (LEDs). These bulbs are much more efficient using 77-80 percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs.
  • LEDs emit almost no heat, contain no mercury and last up to 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.
  • LEDs currently come at a higher initial price than incandescent bulbs or CFLs.
Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs are directional - like a flashlight - so the U.S. Department of Energy recommends LEDs for recessed down lights, portable desk and task lighting, and holiday lighting.
In other applications, the light from the LED must be reflected to the desired direction and may not light the desired area adequately.
You will want to do research at ENERGY STAR before purchasing LEDs to ensure you purchase the appropriate bulb for your light fixture and for your lifestyle.  
CFL bulb



Lighting fixtures themselves also come in a range of energy-saving styles. Multi-light chandeliers, for example, can be one of the highest wattage fixtures in your home.

Check out the latest styles in ENERGY STAR-qualified fixtures. Torchieres, ceiling-mounted fixtures and wall-mounted sconces are also available. 

  • ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent torchieres are standing floor lamps that replace inefficient and hazardous halogen torchieres.
  • ENERGY STAR qualified torchieres are equipped with electronic ballasts designed to accept pin-based compact fluorescent bulbs.
  • Several manufacturers offer models that allow consumers to choose a safe, efficient floor lamp in a variety of colors, styles, and performance options.
Table Lamp
Living room table and floor lamps are two of the most-used light fixtures in your home.
  • Conventional torchieres are also some of the highest wattage home light fixtures and typically contain halogen light bulbs.
  • Halogen lamps operate at very high temperatures which can pose fire and burn hazards.
  • Switch halogen and incandescent bulbs to the cooler burning energy efficient compact fluorescents and use ENERGY STAR-qualified torchieres whenever possible.
Visit the Lighting section of the website for more information on lighting options. 
Choosing the right type of CFL can be confusing. ENERGY STAR has produced a CFL light guide that helps you in choosing the right CFL for your lighting application.

 ​Ceiling Fan with Lighting

Savings Potential: Lower AC costs by 14 percent
  • ENERGY STAR qualified ceiling fan/light combination units are over 50 percent more efficient than conventional fan/light units, which can save you more than $15 per year on utility bills.
If you plan to add lighting to an existing fan, be sure to purchase an ENERGY STAR qualified light kit. This lighting is efficient and long lasting, so you won't have to make frequent bulb changes.
Summer: Set the fan to blow air downward.
  • On hotter days, dialing up the thermostat by only two degrees and using your ceiling fan can lower air conditioning costs by up to 14 percent over the course of the cooling season.
  • Use low wattage CFLs or LEDs in the ceiling fan light fixture for cooler light bulbs and added energy savings.
  • Turn the fan off when no one is in the room. Keeping it running will not lower the temperature in the room.
Winter: Switch the fan motor to reverse, which causes the blades to go in the opposite direction.
  • The updraft forces the warm air near the ceiling back down into the living space.
Confused about which type of CFL to purchase? Check out ENERGY STAR's CFL light guide to help choose the right CFL for your lighting application.
This program receives funding from the US Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. 

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