According to the Department of Energy, lighting is estimated to be 22% of a home’s electric bill. There are many things that can be done to reduce this amount including: daylighting, timers and sensors, and lighting retrofits. A lighting retrofit replaces the components that house incandescent bulbs to those using newer, more efficient bulbs. There are two type of energy efficient bulbs currently on the market.
Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL’s) are designed to be three to four times more energy efficient and last eight to ten times longer than an incandescent bulb. They come in many sizes, watts, and are now dimmable. Dimmable CFL's also require the use of a dimmer switch made for these bulbs.
LED’s (light emitting diodes) use semi-conducting materials to convert electricity into light while producing more light using less electricity. CFL’s last anywhere from 8,000 to 10,000 hours while LED’s can last 35,00 to 50,000 hours. They are just now making a slow entrance into the residential market.
Home Doctor can retrofit your current lights, including can ceiling lights, to energy efficient Led bulbs. Energy bill savings from lighting retrofits pay for your new equipment quickly and actually produce a return on your investment.