Is Having Green Lighting Worth the Heftier Price Tag?

Posted on Aug 11 2014 - 6:47pm by Susan Bewley

Disclosure: This is a sponsored article about green lighting. All opinions and information in this article are honest and my own.


Are you looking for a way to be more green in your household, but aren’t really sure where to start? While many families think about starting to recycle or moving to Energy Star appliances, they often don’t think about one of the easiest, most cost effective solutions – switching to green lighting. Many people assume that switching all the light bulbs in their home to something more earth-friendly is too expensive and just not realistic over the long run. You may be surprised to learn that going to green lighting is not only a boost to your home’s energy efficiency, but can save you quite a bit of money in the long run!

Green Lighting: Efficiency vs. Cost

Two of the biggest misconceptions about green lighting are that it is very expensive and not cost effective for families who live on a budget— it may shock you to know, however, that it is actually the opposite. On average, a 100-watt soft light bulb costs $1.50 a bulb, but lasts for only 750 hours. While this may sound like a very large number, it is actually only a bit over a month of constant usage. For the average family, that means changing this bulb every 3 to 4 months.

This is the option most people take since it’s the cheapest you can buy; energy efficient bulbs seem more expensive upfront. However, an Energy Star certified CFL lasts 10 to 25x longer than a normal bulb. With the average household having 50 bulbs, switching to all energy efficient bulbs will save you $40 per bulb over the lifetime of the of the bulb and over $2,000 throughout your house, since these bulbs start paying for themselves after 6 months of usage!

Green Lighting: Tax Credits

Want to know something else cool about green lighting? You can earn a tax credit by using energy star certified lighting! You can find tax credits, discounts, and mail in rebates for using CFL and LED bulbs. The amount of savings obviously depends on your state, but may allow you to get some extra money back by using this more cost-effective lighting. If you calculate this into your overall savings with how much longer these bulbs last, odds are good that you will realize that green lighting is the perfect solution for every family.

Green Lighting: Style & Flare

One of the biggest misconceptions is that green lighting is ugly or impractical. Now that more people in the United States are embracing being more eco-friendly, it is easy to find stylish, beautiful lighting that is not only energy efficient, but also cost effective. As well, you can make your current lighting more energy efficient just by adding a dimmer. Experts from Passion Lighting, a lighting store in Texas, say that adding a dimmer to your lighting and setting it to 50% can save you around 40% in electricity and allows the bulb to last 10 times longer. With the right amount of planning and energy efficient bulbs, you can save money and make your own more efficient with green lighting!


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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

15 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Cathy French August 12, 2014 at 10:44 am - Reply

    I do believe it is less expensive. I have heard, however, that some of the energy efficient lightbulbs now available are actually fire hazards.

  2. Cathy French August 12, 2014 at 10:44 am - Reply

    I do believe it is definitely less expensive. I have heard, however, that some of the energy efficient lightbulbs now available are actually fire hazards.

  3. Debra Womack August 12, 2014 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    When we built our home about 8 years ago, we outfitted it with CFLs throughout. Most of them are still in use (including the outside CFL flood lights!).
    And yes, we use them all the time.
    As things start to burn out (some of the “globe” lights of that vintage have a few problems with lasting) we are planning to switch to LED lighting. The price is coming down – and lasts even longer than CFL.

  4. Veronica Lee August 13, 2014 at 9:02 am - Reply

    Before reading this, I did assume that switching light bulbs to something more earth-friendly is too expensive over the long run. Thanks for sharing this. Now I know.

  5. Debbie Welchert August 13, 2014 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    I’ve already started switching my light bulbs out and I love that you don’t have to change bulbs all of the time.

  6. Cami August 14, 2014 at 9:58 am - Reply

    Our local utility company also gives a rebate to offset the cost. Since changing our bulbs out 4 years ago, I’ve seen a noticeable difference in our electric bill. I think it’s worth the upfront cost!

  7. lisa August 14, 2014 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    That’s interesting. I didn’t know that you could get a tax credit. The bulbs are a bit more but, it seems like they’re doing away with the old ones anyways.

  8. Lesa August 14, 2014 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    I still think the lighting is different, the older bulbs seem brighter and in an old house it’s helpful. I also don’t think I can afford these new bulbs and when I have I haven’t ever had one last that long – 10 to 25x 3 months? That would be one bulb for 3- 6 years? If that were the case it would definitely be worth it!

  9. Barrie August 15, 2014 at 9:32 am - Reply

    Long-term, I do believe it is cost effective although one sure takes a hit when purchasing initially! Our electric company sends out better light bulbs quarterly which are better than the old ones but not as good as others…still helps.

  10. spectre phang August 15, 2014 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    as long it save me money! I agreed!

  11. Sarah Vegetabile August 16, 2014 at 5:28 am - Reply

    I just started switching over to LED lighting. So much better than even the CFLs. They are heavy and expensive but worth it in the end. Very hard to break and no mercury!

  12. Roz August 16, 2014 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    I have begun to purchase the energy saving bulbs. I have dimmer switches on my lamps and I love it.

  13. Heather McCarty August 16, 2014 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    I’ve already started switching my light bulbs out

  14. Heather McCarty August 16, 2014 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    i love these bulbs.

  15. Jorge Granda August 16, 2014 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    Green lighting is much more efficient and last much longer. Therefore, it is worth it, eventually is pays for itself.

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