Welcome to Lucas Electrical Service, Your Electrical Energy-Conservation Specialists. Please review the Compact Flouresent Lamp (CFLs) and Light Emitting Diode (LEDs) sections below.
If every American home replaced just one light bulb with an "ENERGY STAR" qualified bulb, collectively we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for one year; more than 600 million dollars in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 vehicles.
California Title 24 California’s Title 24 presents implications for those engaged in new and retrofit home construction. Please refer below for more information.
"ENERGY STAR" qualified CFLs provide the maximum savings-to-light ratio.Fixtures that are “on” for a substantial period of time each day represent a significant cost, “ENERGY STAR” recommends installing qualified CFLs into fixtures that are “on” even for a minimum of 15 minutes daily as there is a substantial cost variance.The most financial advantageous and energy conserved fixtures to install qualified CFLs into are typically found in the following areas of your home:
Family and Living rooms
Below is a summarized interpretation of California Title 24's Lighting Requirements:
1) You can still use incandescent lighting except for in kitchens. Wherever you're allowed to use incandescent, you must meet the following requirements: a) the housing must be air-tight type which can be used with an air-tight or non-air-tight trim, you may instead use an IC Only* (Non-Air-Tight) Housing but the trim you use must be air-tight approved; b) You must also use a California Title 24 Approved Vacancy sensor or a dimmer.
2) For kitchens, you can still use incandescent lighting with the above requirements, but with the additional requirement that every watt of incandescent you use must be equal to every watt of fluorescent you use in that kitchen.
3) Fluorescent lighting must meet the following conditions: a) Must have an energy efficient electronic ballast (no magnetic ballasts allowed); b) the housing must be air-tight type which can be used with an air-tight or non-air-tight trim, you may instead use an IC Only* (Non-Air-Tight) Housing but the trim you use must be air-tight approved.
Various CFL Fixtures
Matching the right CFL to the right kind of fixture will help ensure it will perform properly and last to specifications.
CFLs perform best in open fixtures that allow airflow, such as table and floor lamps, wall sconces, pendants, and outdoor fixtures.
For recessed fixtures, it is better to use a reflector CFL than a spiral CFL since the design of the reflector evenly distributes the light down to your task area.
If a light fixture is connected to a dimmer or three-way socket fixture, you'll need to use a special ENERGY STAR qualified CFL designed to work in these applications. Make sure to look for CFLs that specify use with dimmers or three-way fixtures.
To choose the CFL with the right amount of light, find a qualified CFL that is labeled as equivalent to the incandescent bulb you are replacing. Light bulb manufacturers include this information right on the product packaging to make it easy for consumers to choose the equivalent bulb. Common terms include "Soft White 60" or "60 Watt Replacement."
You should also check the lumen rating to find the right CFL. The higher the lumen rating, the greater the light output.
Convert 120 v bulbs & save 65watts with CFL 24watts or LED 6watts
Household LED light bulbs can outlast regular bulbs more than 30 to 1. Imagine not having to drag out a ladder to change that hard-to-reach bulb for 10 to 17 years! (50,000 to 75,000 hours).
The efficiency of LED home lighting can't be beat. Now you can illuminate your porch or driveway, staircase or hallway all night and use less energy than your old light bulbs did in just one or two hours! With energy efficient light bulbs you save money, you will make your home safer and more secure and you do something good for the environment -- all at the same time! Residential LED lighting is the way of the future. But you don't have to wait; with led light bulbs you can enjoy the advantages of this technology now!
GEO-LED 60 watt
LED Vivid PAR
CC Screw-In LED
LED 6 wt to 15 wt Usage
CFLs 13 wt to 26 wt Usage
PAR 50 wt to 250 wt Usage
Your electrical bill is based on monthly Kilowatt (kw) usage. You can save energy and your money by simply changing light bulbs. Please review the above table for watts usage.
The concept is quite simple. If in your home you have ten (10) 65 watt bulbs lit for one hour, you have used 650 watts. Changing those bulbs to 1.6 watt LED bulbs would use 16 watts in the same hour. That means the LED will use the same amount of electricity in 40 hours as the incandescent uses in one hour.
Now if those bulbs are used six to ten hours a day for a month period, the savings are significant.
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