DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Now that incandescent light bulbs are no longer manufactured, CFLs are taking center stage. Compact fluorescent light bulbs are a bright idea when it comes to saving energy and money. We talked with Dayton Power and Light to find out just how much you can save by switching.
The bright lights are two different bulbs one an incandescent light and the other a CFL. Both give off the same amount of light, but the CFL uses fewer watts and LED bulbs use even less.
Mary Ann Kabel with DP&L says “The number of watts with an incandescent is 61 with an LED is only 8 watts.”
Since you pay the electric company per watt that can add up to real savings. The incandescent light bulb uses more energy giving off heat rather than light. CFLs use 75 percent less energy and last ten times longer than incandescent bulbs.
“The average life cycle of a bulb is seven and nine years. If you do the math on that regarding the savings on your home, the bulb for roughly seven to nine years is about $30.00 in savings,” Kabel says.
According to Kabel, the average home has about 40 light sockets which is a savings of about $1,200. CFLs now come in a variety of shapes, sizes and different colors.
It is important to note that CFLs do have a small amount of mercury in them. They should be recycled just as incandescent bulbs.