Philips Ambient 12.5 Watt LED

Philips Ambient 12.5 Watt LED Light Bulb

We have written many articles about LED lighting over the past several months or so. Recently, we received two of the new Ambient 12.5 Watt LED light bulbs in the A19 size from Philips to try. I was curious because I really liked the 8.6 Watt A19 LED light bulbs. In fact, I am a big proponent of LED lights in general for the home (house, apartment or condo) or office. LED light bulbs use far less (up to 75 or 80% less) electricity (as measured in Watts) than incandescent (i.e. the … [Read more...]

Lowering Electricity Use Tip #53 – Always Use Task Lighting

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 53, Use Task Lighting, Always. Why use ceiling recessed lighting if you only want light to read a book? Instead, use the table lamp (containing a CFL or better yet an LED energy saving light bulb, of course). Why have the recessed ceiling lights on in the kitchen when … [Read more...]

Lowering Electricity Use Tip #51 – Turn Off Lights When Leaving The Room

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 51, Turn Off Lights When Leaving The Room . Do you? Even if the room has only energy saving CFL or LED light bulbs, it is still a waste of electricity, and thus your money from higher electric bills, if the light is left on yet no one is in the room using that light. So, … [Read more...]

Using LED Light Bulbs Is Saving Us Money

EcoSmart Par20 8 Watt LED Light Bulbs

A few days ago I wrote about the huge planned increase in electricity rates over the next several years where we live. Today, I wanted to review with you the impact that one of the tactics we are using to try and reduce our home's electric bill is having. The tactic: installing LED light bulbs. In early November last fall we received a large quantity of LED light bulbs from the Home Depot to try. We ordered enough A19 and PAR20 versions to replace about half of the CFL and incandescent … [Read more...]

Recessed Ceiling LED Lighting Review

One PAR 20 LED Light Bulb In Ceiling

In our previous home LED lighting series, I discussed the PAR 20 light bulb, the need we had for it within our many recessed ceiling pot lighting fixtures. I also indicated that my focus was that the LED light bulb I ordered look as much as possible as the current 50 Watt incandescent PAR 20 light bulbs and that it was the same size. Now, in the prior article I purposely left out the wattage equivalent of the LED PAR 20 light bulb which I obtained from The Home Depot who are sponsoring … [Read more...]

PAR 20 LED Lighting For The Home

A19 LED vs Incandescent Light Bulb

In the past few articles within this LED home lighting series, we have reviewed different uses of LED type of lighting for typically the most common type of light bulb used in homes in Canada and the United States, the A19 bulb. Having replaced most of the A19 light bulbs, CFL and incandescent, in our home with the EcoSmart 9 Watt (8.6 Watts to be more precise) LED light bulb we were now ready to tackle the second most common light bulb in our home, the PAR 20. Here is a picture of Home … [Read more...]

Using LED Light Bulbs in Home Ceiling Outlets

Ceiling Light With Non-Working CFL Light Bulbs

In our prior article reviewing the use of The Home Depot's 9 Watt EcoSmart LED light bulb, model A19, we took a look at using this new electricity saving light bulb in a table lamp, reading lamp and a flood lamp where it works very well. Today's article reviewing the every day use of the 9 Watt LED version of the 40 Watt incandescent workhorse light bulb used in North American homes for decades takes a look at how it performs in two fairly typical ceiling light outlet situations. For the … [Read more...]

EcoSmart A19 LED Light Bulb Review

LED 9 Watt Bulb In Reading Lamp

In our last article within this series on LED light bulbs for the home, I discussed why LEDs are superior to CFL light bulbs. There were numerous reasons for my preference of LEDs vs CFLs or the old fashioned incandescent light bulbs which we detailed in the above referenced article. It is important, I think, to be reminded about the benefits of using any new technology. So, in summation, the reasons why I prefer using LED lighting in my home include: Lights in a home accounts for … [Read more...]

How To Buy Home Light Bulbs On Line

Do you fully understand all the different shapes, sizes, attributes of light bulbs? Or do you have an expert in the family who does? If you answered yes to either of the above questions, then go over to the right side of this page and select a different home renovation, maintenance, electronics or energy conservation article within from the election of our article categories. If you do not, then you just might be interested in a gold mine of easy to understand … [Read more...]

Cutting Energy Costs: Small Changes Do Matter, Part 1

electricity graph

In 2005 it became imperative that I get our household expenses in hand. We live in Texas, where the deregulation of the electricity market was supposed to be a good thing. It has been -- for the energy companies. At the time my personal campaign started, we were paying, on average, about .31 cents per kWh. You see, the price of juice down here can vary daily, a fact most people don’t realize. I’m writing this in January 2010 when we’re currently paying .13 cents per kWh, just a penny … [Read more...]

CFL (Energy Saving) Light Bulbs – Now, the Pool Table

Billiard / Pool Table

We wrote last week our first article on CFL light bulbs and shared a very nice visually appealing and interactive web site called SpringLight CFL. This web site had pictures of various rooms in a typical home and all the different areas where light bulbs tend to be used. So, it got me thinking about what areas of our house contained incandescent (high energy usage) type of light bulbs that were candidates to be replaced. I am all about saving money, as my financial background will … [Read more...]

CFL Bulbs – Compact Florescent Lamp Bulbs

Energy saving light bulbs. If you are an average Joe like me who can be confused easily by terms and acronyms, it's easy to understand why so many of us shy away from 'new stuff'. Yet, as a home owner trying to make 'ends meet', no one is going to take responsibility for you saving money on your household expenses except you. And, you are not a renovation expert (who really is?) but you do want to make simple changes in your house that can both save you money and help you feel good about … [Read more...]

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