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Which Kind of Light Bulbs to Use?

  • High Pressure Sodium Bulbs:
    • High Pressure Sodium Bulbs have a 15,000 hour average life, suitable for hard to reach areas.
    • Up to 85% less energy use than incandescent: low operating costs, high upfront costs on High Pressure Sodium light bulbs.
    • HPS Lamps give off golden / white light - don't use near entryways.
  • Compact Fluorescent (CFL):
    • CFL bulbs have 10,000 hour average life, use in easy to reach areas.
    • Up to 75% less energy use than incandescent: Compact Fluorescent bulbs have low operating costs, high upfront costs.
    • CFLs give off cool or warm white light.
  • Quartz Halogen:
    • Halogen Bulbs have 1,500 hour average life, use in very easy to reach areas.
    • Up to 15% less energy use than incandescent: Halogen light bulbs have high operating costs, low upfront costs.
    • Halogen lamps give off warm light - good for entryways.
  • Incandescent:
    • Incandescent light bulbs have 1,000 hour average life, use in very easy to reach areas. These light bulbs can be used with Lutron dimming controls to increase efficiency.
    • Standard energy use: Incandescent light bulbs have high operating costs, low upfront costs.
    • Incandescent bulbs give off warm white light.
  • Light Emitting Diodes (LED):
    • LED Light Bulbs have up to 50,000 hour average life, use in very easy to reach areas.
    • Low energy use: LED bulbs have very low energy consumption and high upfront costs.
    • LED Light Bulbs give of a variety of different light colors from cool to warm
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