SILVER SPRING, MD -- What are homeowners to do now that the United States has begun to wean itself from low-efficiency, high-cost incandescent light bulbs? The biggest problem may be figuring out which of the many high-efficiency, low-cost alternatives to use. A brief, instructive guide can help. Titled Lighting Options for Your Home, the heavily illustrated, consumer-friendly booklet can be downloaded free at www.nlb.org, website of the National Lighting Bureau. The guide is published by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and its enLIGHTenAmerica initiative, both of which are National Lighting Bureau sponsors.
Lighting Options for Your Home:
•lays out the timetable for low-efficiency incandescent lamp transition;
•discusses the three principal alternatives (high-efficiency incandescent (halogen-filled), compact fluorescent (CFLs), and light-emitting diode (LED) lamps); and
•identifies the different types of home lighting fixtures and the types of high-efficiency lighting most suited for use with them.
The guide also points out that, by converting to one of the more efficient technologies, a homeowner can look forward to saving close to $150 per year, assuming an average electric utility rate of 11 cents per kilowatt-hour ($0.11/kWh).
The National Lighting Bureau recommends that homeowners visit local lighting distributors for professional advice. Commercial and industrial businesses should rely on professional lighting-system designers and engineers to obtain the maximum "bang for the lighting buck." A nationwide listing of lighting-system designers is available at www.nlb.org.
The National Lighting Bureau is an independent, not-for-profit, lighting information source established in 1976. The Bureau is sponsored by professional societies, trade associations, manufacturers, and agencies of the U.S. government, including, among others:
•Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES);
•Imperial Lighting Maintenance Company;
•interNational Association of Lighting Management Companies (NALMCO);
•Lighting Alternatives, Inc.;
•Lighting Controls Association;
•Lutron Electronics Company, Inc.;
•National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA);
•National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA);
•Philips Lighting; and
•U.S. General Services Administration.