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Best Energy Saving Light Options

Updated: Mar 13, 2021

One of the best places we can make a difference? Right in our own homes: especially for the well-being of the environment, the health of our planet, our topsoil, and our food.


It can all boil down to cutting down energy as a simple first task. And what energy do we tend to consume in our homes and dwellings more than light?


Fortunately, cutting down light consumption is easy, effective, and affordable, and it’s all about what light bulbs and fixtures we use.


The times and the industry are a-changing. That means more sustainable, earth-conscious lighting options are becoming cheaper than ever before!


If you’re looking to switch things up to more sustainable lighting choices, here are the best bulbs, fixtures, and lighting options to check out for cutting down your energy use.




  • LED. (Light Emitting Diode)

At the head of the curve in sustainable lights are LEDs. Years ago these were incredibly expensive and hard to find.


Now they’re available almost anywhere and in versions that fit almost any light fixture in the home, too.


LED’s are also only slightly more expensive on average than typical incandescent light bulbs, but they use around a quarter to even a third less energy!


In the long run this saves you money even if they cost a bit more up front.


Better yet, some LED’s are starting to get cheaper than incandescent ones.


Yet another type of LED category, called organic LED’s (OLED’s), are even more low-energy but are still quite pricey on the market.


You should also take into account the actual lifespan of LED bulbs, which can last for around 25 years maximum.


Now that’s a lot of energy and materials saved!

  • Halogen Incandescent.

Not as efficient or energy saving as LED’s, halogen incandescents are still a reasonable option.


If you have to choose between these and regular incandescents at the store, halogens are your best bet.


In fact, they’re almost exactly like typical incandescents, except a chamber of halogen gas is built around the filament. This boosts its energy use by minimizing how much electricity it drains to run.


This cuts down a lot on how much power the bulb saps, but it still pales in comparison to the energy efficiency of other types.

  • CFL (Compact Fluorescent)

Also very sustainable and efficient, some folks may take a liking to this type even more than LED’s.


That’s because they offer warmer and more natural lighting (though LED’s are starting to offer some more natural illumination, too).


That said, they are slightly less energy saving and sustainable than LED’s. Their lifespan is a shorter, lasting around 15 years tops on average.


One thing to keep in mind with CFL is that they do contain a small amount of mercury and if broken, this can be dangerous.


I personally would not choose CFL as my first option. Learn more about the risks here:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/are-compact-fluorescent-lightbulbs-dangerous/


Additionally, compared to LED’s, CFL’s also require 15 watts to produce the same amount of brightness compared to an LED’s 12 watts.


For halogen incandescents to match either of these requires 60 watts to run!


UPDATE:


Many of the most energy saving light options may also be the designs which are least compatible with human health.


There are indeed drawbacks, even to LEDs, as they could disrupt circadian rhythm, among other downsides. New lighting tech deserves further studies to determine potential unforeseen consequences after longterm exposure.


Unfortunately, there is no one simple solution for lighting, as it appears there is likely a tradeoff for either human or environmental impact.


For human health, our safest bet may be to go as natural as possible, with either candlelight or the old fashioned incandescent light bulb.

31 Comments


katgirl1958
katgirl1958
Apr 30, 2021

I hate these lights! I cannot see with them. They give me headaches. When I go to the back they are really annoying to the point I can’t see. In the natural light of the sun I can still read a book but in these lights my eyes blur and I cannot read. Personally I think they are invasive to the natural world! Driving at night is also changed for the worse. The headlights are blinding and I have had to buy special glasses to see because of them. They are also screwing with the rhythm of the natural world and night predators like owls. They in my opinion are not going to save the planet they have just mad…

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Satesh Narain
Satesh Narain
Mar 15, 2021

Your concern is valid. Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt speaks about this, he is the No. 1 medical doctor / scientist in the world, in regards to successful treatments of chronic illness, the modern day Hippocrates (Father of Medicine) living in our time. Dr. Klinghardt is with 47 years of solid experience in successfully treating many in: Alzheimer, Parkinson’s, Autism, Lyme, Cancer and many other chronic illnesses. His successfully protocols are due to the fact that he investigates the causes of illnesses, before formulating effective treatment protocols. Recently (about 2 years ago), I have changed all the LED bulbs back to incandescent bulbs in my place. Dr. Klinghardt is the Founder of Klinghardt Institute (UK), Klinghardt Academy (USA), Sophia Health Institute …


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katgirl1958
katgirl1958
Mar 14, 2021

I hate LED’s and to be rather frank they are not going to save the planet! I will not use them in my house and my electric is cheap. I can’t stand the CFL’s either. They hurt my eyes and the cars with the blue lights are blinding. Besides that how do you think birds and animals like them. I imagine they are disrupting to their natural environment. When I am driving home at night all I see are these horrific lights that are almost to me alien from what used to be a more natural calming light. And for those of us who get migraines these lights make them worse! I hate how we have screwed everything up and…


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I'm with you. However, this is the world we now live in. If you are committed you can enlist others and do your best to effect some positive change. I will ask my spirit guides to assist if you want to go beyond focusing on what you don't like and want to work toward solutions. Otherwise I don't know what I can tell you other than I support you. I do not own or use cell phones, WiFi, Blutooth or any wireless devices and will not allow them in my home for health reasons.


One person can change the world, in fact, I once read that the best and most profound changes were accomplished by someone who was adamant enough…

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JUST A THOUGHT ?,,,,, we all like candle light ? LOL ,,, to set the mood,,, ? ,,, people seem to be at ease more ? relaxed, but why ? could it be bulbs of all kinds fuelling discontent ? or the understanding of danger and intimacy of fire in these situations ????

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Yes, candles are nice but watch out for toxic chemicals for scenting, the type of wax used, and issues with soot when the wicks are not properly trimmed. All of those are detrimental to your health. I had a client call me recently for an air purifier I sell because when he went to change his furnace filter it was black! [his wife burns lots of scented candles]

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Satesh Narain
Satesh Narain
Mar 13, 2021

I hope one of these days that more people can be aware of Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt teachings and manufactures of Light bulbs can listen for few minutes, to his lecture on Biophotons - safe frequencies for the use in light bulbs, this would be all it takes to make cleaner light bulbs. Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt is the leading doctor / scientist in the field in investigating the effects of biological damage that result from environmental toxins and its connection with chronic infections and illness. He also teaches on health hazards due to various light bulbs. The human body (healthy cells / organs) emit parallel sheets of coherent photon light and certain man-made frequencies cause interference and disruption to the frequencies…

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Thanks for sharing that Satesh. Through that act of sharing you are in fact helping to achieve your hopes that more people can be aware of Dr Klinghardt's work!


Dr Klinghardt's book on biophotons and physics sounds very interesting! Is it available in English, or only German? I'd like to read it if so. Is the title "Biophoton Physics"?

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