SOURCE: Sylvania

March 15, 2010 08:00 ET

Getting the "Green Light" at Home

MISSION, KS--(Marketwire - March 15, 2010) -  (Family Features) From re-organizing the home office to cleaning out the basement, there are small projects that you can tackle year-round that will help make environmental improvements to your home and enhance your living space. For your next task, consider updating the "lightscape" of your home -- it's as easy as changing a light bulb... literally. Lighting is approximately 20 percent of the average household's energy bill and replacing standard lighting sources for more environmentally friendly options can cut electric bills dramatically.

Bulb Basics
When it comes to lighting in the home, many still gravitate toward the standard incandescent bulb. However, incandescents are a major culprit for high home energy bills which is why, in an effort to go green in the United States, the Federal Government enacted the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), which will, in effect, phase out traditional incandescent bulbs in favor of more efficient lighting products in the near future. In plain terms, consumers will no longer be able to purchase the traditional incandescent in a few years.

While consumers want to be more environmentally conscious when it comes to lighting, there is hesitation to let go of the popular features of incandescent bulbs such as its recognizable shape, light quality, ability to dim and affordable price point. What some may not know is that there are light sources currently available that are designed for those looking to save energy in their homes without sacrificing any of the benefits. One such product is the halogen light bulb. This product features many of the qualities consumers look for in light, making it the perfect transitional light source for the home.

Halogen bulbs, such as SYLVANIA SUPERSAVER® light bulbs, are easy to find and are designed especially for those who want energy-efficient light in their homes, but are unwilling to sacrifice quality. The SUPERSAVER® light bulb looks like a traditional incandescent bulb, is dimmable and provides instant-on, bright white light.

Additionally, halogen technology is environmentally preferable; the SYLVANIA SUPERSAVER® light bulb, for instance, has no mercury and uses up to 33 percent less energy versus standard incandescent bulbs. Halogen bulbs can be used in a variety of ways inside the home, such as accent lighting for home décor, directional lighting for track and recessed fixtures, as well as functional lighting.

Beyond the Bulb
Making the switch to energy-efficient lighting is only the first step in "greening" the lighting in your home. Other ways to help save and conserve are by teaching your family simple, energy-saving habits such as:

  • Turning off all lighting when leaving a room, especially during the day.
  • Utilizing task lighting versus turning on all overhead lighting when only focused lighting is needed, such as reading in bed.
  • Installing timers on outdoor lighting so lights are on only when needed.

It's easier than you think to turn energy savings into a bright idea. For more information about energy-efficient lighting options, visit