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The most commonly used today bulbs are incandescent light. Incandescent bulbs are those bulbs emitting yellowish glow and typically pictured with a rounded head and it is also the most vastly available variant. However, incandescent bulbs are fast phasing out as the premier choice of lighting as it rank very poorly in light production. When an incandescent bulb is switched on, 95% of the energy consumed turned to heat and only 5% is converted to light.

The indirect result of this is that the air conditioning unit will have to work harder to offset the heat, using even more energy in return.  There are other types of bulbs which is better at conserving energy such as halogen bulbs, LED and compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). However, energy saving aside, these are different products that may or may not be used as a substitute of the other, especially when precise light requirement is needed as in an art gallery, photoshoot studio and so on.

When buying a light bulb, one can look at its energy efficiency label printed on its box. A bulb's energy efficiency can be ranked from A to G, with A being the most efficient and G being the least energy efficient. An energy saving bulb usually be rates A or B while halogen lamps hover around D. The least energy efficient one being incandescent lamps with an E or F rating.

There seem to be a general misconception about energy saving light, more common ones being the inability to work well with a dimmer, flickering, exorbitant cost, emitting of cold harsh light and that it is ugly. This may be true with cheaper energy saving lights in the market. The truth is there has been an endless variety of energy saving lamps such as the compact fluorescent light in various wattage and sizes for all applications.

Newer bulbs from today's innovation are smaller, more affordable and project higher quality of light with higher spectrum to mimic natural sunlight. Other than being more energy efficient, these new generation bulbs can generally last ten to fifteen times longer and emitting 80% less carbon dioxide compared to normal incandescent lamps.

Alternatively, there are also bulbs for power saving lamps that actually look like incandescent bulbs. This type of bulbs is suitable for decorative applications such as a chandelier or elaborate lamps while providing up to 80% of power savings compared to normal incandescent bulbs. The only downside is that it is not possible to be used with a dimmer.

In the UK, it is found that the average number of bulbs in a household is 26, and only one of those is an energy saving bulb. If every household were to increase the usage of energy saving bulb to 3, the savings accrued will be sufficient to power UK's street light for one whole year. In the US, if every household were to use only one energy saving bulb, the savings can potentially light up 3 million houses for one year. This statistic is truly amazing considering the fact that lighting only account for 10 to 15% of a monthly total energy bill.

Energy saving lamp may sound like a perfect solution for a greener environment, but only if they are disposed of properly. Fluorescent lamps, including the energy efficient variety, CFLs, use heavy metal such as barium, mercury, lead, sodium, thorium as well as phosphors. When exhausted fluorescent bulbs end up in landfills, these dangerous substance can make its way to pollute underground water sources.

As the education for better energy efficiency is needed in selecting environment-friendly bulbs, so are the awareness about the proper disposal of used fluorescent energy efficient lamps.

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