Puget Sound Energy Discounts Make Long-Lasting LED Lighting a Practical Choice
As the country phases out incandescent bulb technology in favor of more efficient and longer lasting options, light emitting diode (LED) technology has been viewed as a long term solution – though a costly solution. LED bulbs are now widely available and, with a variety of rebates and discounts, are becoming more affordable to everyday consumers for the first time.
LED bulbs last up to 25 years, use up to 80 percent less energy, are dimmable and produce the same quality and brightness of light that customers are used to getting from old incandescent bulbs.
To help customers pick the best LED bulbs for their needs and to help familiarize customers with LED technology, PSE has the following tips:
1. If you’re looking for a great deal on LED bulbs, PSE offers up to $10 off a variety of LED bulbs and fixtures that meet ENERGY STAR specifications at participating retailers, which can be found at PSE.com/LightingRetailers.
2. Consider bundling additional energy-saving gadgets, such as motion sensors, with your LED purchase. This will allow you to start shifting to LED bulbs while adding hands-free lighting controls at home.
3. LED bulbs can be used anywhere you would put conventional incandescent and CFL bulbs, but it’s important to match the right bulb to the right socket and application. If you intend to use an LED bulb in a table lamp, on a dimmer switch in a recessed can, or if you need to ensure even lighting in every direction (omni-directional lighting) be sure you buy an LED bulb that will meet your needs. Look on the package to ensure you purchase the correct bulb for the fixture you intend to use it in.
4. When buying new bulbs, take a look at the “Lighting Facts” label. Similarly to EnergyGuide labels found on appliances and electronics, the Lighting Facts table will show you everything you need to know to make quick product comparisons. Brightness, light appearance, yearly operating costs and disposal tips can all be found on the Lighting Facts table.
PSE’s LED bulb tips can be viewed at Flickr.com/PugetSoundEnergy in the PSE’s LED Bulb Tips album. To learn more about LED bulbs and available PSE rebates, visit PSE.com/LEDs or call a PSE Energy Advisor at 1-800-562-1482, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Link to photo slideshow of LED lighting tips on Flickr: