When you are a business owner, you understand how and why you should save money on everything from large pieces of equipment down to the smallest office supplies. What may come as a surprise to you is that you can save money on electrical lighting expenses while still keeping your offices and workspaces as bright as you like them.
Although at one time businesses had two basic choices — costly incandescent bulbs with short lives or tubular fluorescent bulbs with uncomplimentary lighting — you can now find a variety of energy efficient lights that have gorgeous shades of white light, many different bulb styles from which to choose and an array of price tags.
Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
Similar to the standard fluorescent bulbs that went before them, these newer bulbs sport much smaller sizes and do not need a ballast. Instead, they can be used wherever you would use an older incandescent bulb.
You may wish to use these in table lamps, pendant lights, recessed lighting and large overhead lights in warehouses. They cost 75 percent less each year in electrical energy when compared to incandescent bulbs and only need to be changed approximately every 10,000 hours, which is 10 times longer than standard bulbs. In fact, when you screw in that first CFL, chances are you will not have to change it for 10 years.
On the other hand, some business owners may be wondering, “Are halogen bulbs efficient?” Halogen bulbs are another option if you are wanting to phase out your incandescent bulbs. Although they are not as efficient as CFLs, they are still a much better choice than incandescent bulbs because each one can last up to 3,500 hours.
You might consider using these in your recessed office lighting because of their shape. Halogen bulbs are the perfect choice for outdoor floodlights because of the crisp, white light they provide.
Sometimes, halogen bulbs are known as energy efficient incandescent light bulbs because they function in much the same way. They both use a chemical called tungsten to illuminate the inner filament.
However, because halogen bulbs can be quite hot and may waste much of their energy on producing heat rather than light, some bulbs have a special inner coating, which reflects the heat back to the bulb for reuse. Another benefit of halogen incandescent bulbs in some business settings is that many of them can be placed on dimmers for mood lighting.
Energy saving light bulbs will do more than just protect the environment. While it is important that your business protect the earth’s assets, your primary concern may be in saving money and reducing the time spent on menial tasks like changing light bulbs.
When you install a dozen or more energy-efficient bulbs in your workplace, you will certainly notice the savings on your electrical bill over the next year and will appreciate how long the bulbs last.