Want to save money and energy fast? One of the quickest ways to cut your energy bills is to switch to energy efficient lights. Thailand resorts, hotels, and businesses can save even more money and energy by attaching timers and motion sensors to their lights.
The three most popular types of energy efficient light bulbs are: halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). These lights may cost a little more money, but they will pay you back money with lower electricity bills.
Here is a quick review these popular energy saving lights that are available in Thailand:
Energy-Saving (Halogen) Incandescent Lighting
How long do they last? Up to three times longer than traditional incandescent lights.
What else should I know? They are available in a wide range of shapes and colors, and can be used with dimmers.
How long do they last? Up to 10 times longer than traditional incandescent lights.
What else should I know? A regularly used CFL light pays for itself in energy savings in less than 9 months and continues to save you money each month.
You can buy CFLs that offer the same brightness and colors as traditional incandescent lights. Some CFLs are encased in a cover to further diffuse the light and provide a similar shape to traditional incandescent bulbs.
CFLs contain a very small amount of mercury and require special handling if they are broken. CFLs should be recycled at the end of their lifespan.
How long do they last? Up to 25 times longer than traditional incadescents.
What else should I know? They come in a variety of colors, and some are dimmable or offer convenient features such as daylight and motion sensors.
In addition to standard screw-in bulbs, you’ll find LEDs in desk lamps and even holiday light strings.
Lights: Money & Energy Saving Tips
1) Always turn of the lights when you leave a room or leave the house.
2) Replace traditional incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient lights: halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
3) Don’t use more light than you need. Choose the right wattage light for the right place.
4) Attach timers and dimmers to your lights. But make sure that you can use them with the kind of lights that you are using. Some light bulbs cannot be used with dimmers.
5) Keep curtains and shades open during the daytime to use daylight instead of turning on the lights. Use curtains that allow daylight to pass through them.
6) Use solar lights for outdoor lights in yards, driveways, and gardens; or CFL and LED flood lights to reduce the number of lights needed.