The Light Bulb Challenge



people have already pledged to swap out energy-wasting light bulbs!

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It may be surprising that something so small can make such a large impact – but it’s true! Incandescent and CFL bulbs are old news – LEDs have shown proven savings since they came on the market, and coupled with smart lighting controls, they can really make a dent in your monthly electricity bills. Not to mention, the planet will thank you!

Step 1. Purchase an LED bulb

LED bulbs have dropped in price dramatically – and a wide range of shapes, brightness levels and color temperatures (e.g. warm – which produces yellowish white light, or cool – which is bluish, white light) are available in almost every major store. Energy-saving LED bulbs now exist for 3-way and candelabra fixtures, and for the increasingly common recessed cans or downlights. LED bulbs last 10 to 25 times longer than the inefficient bulbs they replace, which means fewer trips to the store and inconvenient bulb changes.

Step 2. Dispose of CFL bulbs properly

If you’re replacing an incandescent bulb, chances are you can just throw it away (unless you want to re-purpose it into something cool like this). However, if you’re swapping an LED bulb in for a Compact Fluorescent (CFL), you need to dispose of the CFL properly. There are trace amounts of mercury in CFL bulbs that can be harmful.

Step 3. Save!

That’s it! As soon as you start using your first LED bulb, you’re already saving (though you save the most by turning it off!). Remember, the more you use energy efficient products, the more you save!

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