|Vol68-1 January 2018|
Pick the perfect LED
Upgrade to energy-efficient ENERGY STAR® LEDs and get instant discounts—up to $7 per bulb—at participating retailers. LEDs last up to 25 times longer than incandescents and use 75 percent less energy, meaning you save energy and save money. LED lights have a number of benefits, but many people feel overwhelmed when picking the right one for their home. Know what to look for when you pick your next light.
There are three main categories of color and you can determine the shade that best meets your needs by selecting the appropriate color temperature number on the packaging.
The lumen number indicates the brightness. The higher the lumen, the brighter the bulb.
The best way to determine light efficiency is to look at the Lumens per Watt, which shows how much light you get for each Watt used. Old-fashioned bulbs produced 10 to 15 lumens per watt, and fluorescent tubes produce about 50 to 100 lumens per Watt. LED lights can range from 20 to 60. The more lumens per watt, the brighter the output for less energy used.
Find a participating retailer or visit the online store for your LEDs at smeco.coop/lighting.
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