Did you know that electric lighting burns up to 25% of the average home energy budget? The electricity used from the lifetime of a single incandescent light bulb costs up to 5 to 10 times the original purchase price of the bulb itself.

The two types of bulbs that are changing the lighting game are Light Emitting Diode (LED) and Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL). LEDs are small, efficient solid bulbs that have expanded the applications of LED use in the home. These bulbs are initially more expensive, but they bring more value because they last longer. CFLs are actually miniature versions of full-sized fluorescents. This type of bulb gives off a light that looks very similar to a typical incandescent bulb, unlike the harsh white lighting you would find in a factory or school.

Switching to one of these kinds of bulbs will be more beneficial to you and your home. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of each…

Light Emitting Diode (LED):

Lifetime: Lasts up to 10 times as long as compact fluorescents, and far much longer than typical incandescent bulbs.

Durable: LED bulbs have no filament and can hold up well to jarring and bumping, unlike incandescent bulbs that are damaged when broken.

Cool: Do not contribute to the heat build-up in the room, therefore, help to also reduce air conditioning costs in the home.

Efficiency: LED bulbs use only 2-17 watts of electricity, which is 1/3rd to 1/30th of the electricity that an incandescent or CFL uses. Even small LED flashlight bulbs extend battery life 10 to 15 times longer than flashlights with incandescent bulbs.

Cost: LED bulbs are initially expensive, but the cost is recouped over time in battery savings. The cost of LED bulbs has gone down and is continuing to go down, and the price is becoming less of an issue for use in the home.

Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL):

Efficiency: CFLs are 4 times more efficient and last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs. While a CFL and incandescent bulb give off the same light output, the CFL bulb actually uses 50-80% less energy.

Cost: CFLs are initially more expensive, but you will save more money in the long run because CFLs use 1/3rd the electricity and lasts up to 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb does.

Pollution: Just replacing a single incandescent bulb with a CFL will keep a half-ton of CO2 out of the atmosphere over the life of the bulb.

Quality: Newer CFLs give off a warm, inviting light instead of the “cool white” light that fluorescents do, and the electronically ballasted CFLs don’t flicker or hum.

Versatility: CFLs can be used just about anywhere that incandescent lights are used. They can be used in a variety of lighting fixtures including recess lights, table lamps, porch lights, and more. CFLs have become so advanced that there are 3-way light settings and dimmable lights.


Incandescent bulbs are on their way out now that LED and CFL bulbs are on the rise, creating more energy efficient lighting and helping each and every person to continue #livingthegreenlife.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Housing Buzz team!