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Lighting is a major component in all our
lives. Anywhere we go we need light.
Even a photographer in a dark room
needs light!

By taking small steps such as changing
your incandescent light bulbs, which
generate 90% heat and only 10% light,
to compact fluorescent light bulbs,
known as CFLs or LEDs, you reduce
your utility bills, heat build up and
improve the air quality in your home or
According to the EPA changing just the
five most frequently used fixtures in
your home or office to bulbs that have
the ENERGY STAR designation, can
save you around $75 each year

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Light Guide
LED lights consume roughly 10% of the
power consumed by incandescent

LEDs, or Light Emitting Diodes, are
incredibly energy efficient, as they
consume less than 0.1 watts to operate.
LEDs also have a lifespan of nearly
100,000 hours - that's 100 times longer
than a standard light bulb. LEDs are
made from non-toxic materials which
are recyclable -making them not only
energy efficient and safe for the
environment. Due to the growing
popularity and recent advancements in
LED technology, you can now find
fixtures for your entire house with LEDs.
Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs)
contain a very small amount of mercury
sealed within the glass tubing an
average of 4 milligrams which is about
the size of the period at the end of this
sentence. For comparison, a watch
battery contains about 25mg of mercury;
enough to fill 5 CFLs; a cell phone
contains even more! If you have an old,
Mercury thermometer, it contains about
500 milligrams of mercury an amount
equal to the mercury in 125 CFLs. The
mercury in CFL′s is sealed inside the
glass tubing. No mercury is released
when the bulbs are intact (not broken)
or in use. When CFL′s are broken, there
are specific steps to take for safe
disposal and clean up.
Festive and Holiday Lighting
Colored holiday lights, popularized in
the 1950s and technically called C7
and C9 lights, are costing you a small
fortune. While most C7 or C9 lights
use 5 to 7 watts per bulb, some of the
older strings use up to 10 watts per
bulb! Invest in new miniature lights or
LED string lights, which uses less
energy and will last much longer. The
amount sof electricity consumed by
just one 7-watt incandescent bulb
could power 140 LEDs — enough to
light two 24-foot strings. LED lights can
save up to 80-90 percent of your
holiday lighting energy costs and
remain cool to the touch, posing less
of a fire threat. It’s still a good rule of
thumb to light your tree only when you’
re home and awake to enjoy it.
Consider putting your lights on an
automatic timer, both indoors and out,
to keep your family safe and rack up
even more energy savings.
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