LED lighting brightens the Proud Green Home of St Louis
With the phase out of larger incandescent bulbs, homeowners and builders are turning to LED lighting for energy-efficient alternatives.
The U.S. Department of Energy has mandated household light bulbs to become at least 25 percent more efficient within five years, so that means traditional options like the 100-watt and 75-watt incandescent bulbs will be hard to find.
However, there are energy-efficient lighting options that provide a similar amount of light to incandescent light bulbs while helping lower a home's energy bill.
In this video, Matt Belcher of Verdatek Solutions talks about the role that LED lighting from Cree Inc. will play in the Proud Green Home of St. Louis.
The high performance five-bedroom, 3,700 square-foot Prairie-style home -- built in partnership with Hibbs Homes, Verdatek Solutions, Curtiss W. Byrne Architect, and the High Performance Buildings Research Center (part of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Research Consortium at the University of Missouri-Columbia) was constructed to provide the homeowners with better indoor air quality, lower energy costs, and better durability. This “Proud Green Home” will also educate and inspire building professionals and consumers about the benefits of building and living green. It is the second high performance demonstration home created with support from ProudGreenHome.com.
Homeowners already are embracing energy-efficient alternatives. Among the options taking the place of incandescents are LEDs, or light-emitting diodes. While these bulbs carry a higher upfront price tag, they use 75 percent less energy than a traditional incandescent bulb and some last more than two decades. So the LED bulb you put in your baby's nursery will still be going strong when you send him off to college, and it will pay for itself well before he completes elementary school.
For example, by simply replacing one 60-watt bulb with an LED bulb, you would save nearly $6 in energy use each year if the bulb is used for three hours per day at an electricity rate of 11c per kWh.
In addition to lasting longer and using less energy, LED bulbs are a viable alternative to incandescents because they:
- are available in similar shapes and sizes
- don't sacrifice the bright, white light you are used to
- are dimmable (some models, including GE)
- contain no mercury
- illuminate instantly
- are not affected by being turned on and off
Read more about energy-efficient lighting.
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