Energy Efficient Lighting

Conserve Energy with the Right Lightbulbs

There have never before been as many different options for lightbulbs as there are today. Though it’s just something to help light up the house when it’s dark, it is crucial to pick out the right options whenever you need to replace lightbulbs inside the home. Before picking out a lightbulb, look into the brightness and color, the type of light bulb, and whether it’s a smart bulb to find the right one.

Brightness and Color

Bulbs can vary in how much light they can put out and what color they are. Brighter lights tend to be a whiter color, while lights that aren’t as bright will have a yellow tint to them. Some options, like the smart bulbs, can be white or yellow, depending on what the homeowner prefers for that time of day. The brightness can also be adjusted with dimmer switches on the wall or in a smartphone app, depending on the lightbulb.

Type of Lightbulb to Save Energy

The top three options for lightbulbs today are halogen incandescent, CFLs, and LEDs. The halogen incandescent bulbs are the least energy-efficient option available that does meet the minimum efficiency standards, but they are available in a variety of styles and colors. CFLs use less energy than incandescent bulbs and come in a variety of options, but they aren’t all dimmable. They also last longer than incandescent bulbs. LEDs, however, are the best option for those who want to conserve as much energy as possible. They typically use around 20% of the energy an incandescent bulb uses but can last 25 times longer.

Smart Bulb Options

Another option today is a smart bulb. The options are varied for these, but the main benefit is they can be turned on and off from anywhere. If you’ve left the house for vacation but forgotten to turn off the lights, it’s easy to do so through the bulb’s smartphone app. This can help homeowners save even more money because they can make sure lights are off when they aren’t needed and set up schedules for their lighting to conserve energy.

If you need to replace any of the lightbulbs in your home or you’re looking for ways to conserve more energy, there are plenty of affordable and energy-efficient options available. Check out some of the options discussed here to find out what’s going to be right for your home.

Germicidal Lighting

With the onset of Covid and the always-present flu viruses, germicidal lighting has become attractive and a very popular topic these days. These are electric lights that produce UVC light. This light is really short wave ultraviolet light that disrupts DNA base pairing, leading to the inactivation of bacteria and viruses. The three available types are:

  • LEDs
  • Low Pressure
  • High Pressure

The LED type, which are nor commercially available, use semiconductor materials to produce light in a solid state fixture. These are actually tuneable by adjusting the makeup of the semiconductor material, allowing for selectivity of the emission characteristics of the light across the germicidal wavelength band.

These lights have advanced very far in capabilities in the last 10 years. The size of the electronics bundle has come down dramatically, allowing for integration into medical devices and lights that offer all kinds of benefits, including the fight against Covid-19.

More detail can be found at this site specifically about ultraviolet lighting, a site which sells Germicidal UV Lights in Va. called Quip Tech Medical, and also at a blog page which sells UVC Lamps, Lighting, and Covid-19 Disinfection in Richmond Va. called VLED.energy.

The Low Pressure type resemble fluorescent lamps with a couple of differences. The tube contains no fluorescent phosphor and rather than being made of a thin glass, is made of a vycor or fused quartz glass. These changes cause the ultraviolet light produced by the mercury arc to pass through and out of the tube unmodified.

The High Pressure type are much closer in appearance to HID lamps than they are to any fluorescent lamp. These radiate broad-band ultraviolet-C radiation as opposed to a single line. They are used most often in industrial water treatment due to their intense radiation output.

Robots are a new form of disinfection that bears mentioning at this point. While robots have been around for a long time, these are specially designed ones that have a set of UV disinfection lights built into the top. The robot simply wanders around the office or hospital all day and night and the lights kill or disables viruses the light comes into contact with. These robots were developed by a Danish company in a joint effort with a robotics company called Blue Ocean Robotics. These have been clinically tested and verified. For more information on this technology, or to purchase one, check out a Germicidal UV lighting and disinfection in Va. page called VLED.energy/blog and to get more information of the maker of the robots check out a site called UVD robots.