Let there be green, efficient light!

Please let there be light that’s green and efficient and low-cost! Trudging to the store to purchase light bulbs is daunting, reminding me of how ridiculous it is to replace single-cell batteries for my kid’s toys. Light bulbs should last awhile, yet how do we know unless we study all the details for LED, CFL, etc. Then when they burn out, what do we do with them?

Light bulbs are a mysterious product. Forbes published an excellent article to learn about the applications of each bulb, as well as the advantages and disadvantages. LED vs. CFL: Which Bulb is Best?

CFLs are important to recycle because they contain mercury. You can recycle the residential bulbs at Lowes and Home Depot, but also check out the EPA’s website for more details on recycling opportunities. Recycling and Disposal After a CFL Burns Out

LEDs last a lot longer than any other bulb on the market, about up to 25 years and are up to 80 percent more efficient than incandescent bulbs. An LED’s life can be up to 50,000 hours, compared to 10,000 hours for a CFL. Yes, LEDs may be more expensive, they will actually save you money long-term.

To learn more about the benefits of LEDs, check out this infographic from Downlights Direct and their article, “How to replace all your household bulbs with LEDs

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the author

Originally from Virginia, Jennifer C. Sellers is passionate about sustainability and conservation in South Carolina and throughout the world. She earned her BA in English from Coastal Carolina University and her MAS in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver. She is a university sustainability coordinator that implements programs and teaches people about going green and being sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @MyGreenGlasses

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