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Think about the room you use most often (kitchen, family room, bedroom, and bathroom). In my current bathroom, there are 6 60-Watt incandescent bulbs providing light, they are in use about 4 hours per day between me, my wife and children). That’s
6 * 60-Watts = 360 Watts
* 4 hours = 1440 Watt hours per day
or /1000 = 1.4 kilowatt hours per day.
Times 365 days = 525.6 kilowatt hours per year
at $0.10 per kWh = $52.56 per year in electricity… for that ONE room
It also makes the room quite warm, which for the 90 days a year that it’s cold in central Toronto (and I mean anything below 6°C is cold)*, otherwise it’s just more to cool off. At least one source says that a 100W incandescent bulb hits 210°C. I haven’t tested it, but it seems reasonable to my burned fingers. Compact fluorescent and LEDs just don’t get that hot. They don’t convert electrical resistance to light like a incandescent bulb does. Resistance generates heat. Up to 90% of the electricity going into an incandescent bulb is turned into heat instead of light. For that 100W bulb, you’re getting 10W worth of light and 90W worth of heat.
I haven’t mention halogen bulbs (or any of the other weird bulbs like High Intensity Discharge or metal halide) because they are either way too hot (metal halide and halogen) or need special UV coatings (HID) or they are just not appropriate for home use (sodium vapor). I’ve seen both halogens and metal halides in home use and, no doubt, they pump out light. But they are just so hot.
Let’s talk about light for a second. Light is measured in lumens. A lumen is the total amount of visible light emitted by something. I won’t go into candelas andsteradians here. But you can get more at Wikipedia if you like.
When every lamp was an incandescent, it didn’t really matter how they were measured. A 75W bulb was less bright than a 100W bulb. But now that we have all these super-efficient bulbs it makes sense to talk about how much light is actually produced by the bulb.
Now, the industry is using lumens to measure how much light the bulbs produce. A 60W incandescent lamp may push 800 lumens, while a CFL only needs 15W and an LED only needs 10Ws. A 10W incandescent is a night light.
If you are thinking about changing, look at your space and decide if you want more light, about the same, or less light. Then decide if you want warmer light or cooler light. If you have 6 60W bulbs in your bathroom, that’s about 4800 lumens. About 6 10W LEDs will produce the same 4800 lumens.
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