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Energy Efficient Light Bulbs

Monday, 06 August 2018

Many people must have heard about energy efficient light bulbs but what they may not know is that there are different types of energy efficient bulbs. There are two main types of energy efficient light bulbs: compact florescent light (CFL) bulbs and light emitting diode (LED) light bulbs. Those that have heard of these are still confused as per the essential difference between them. Nigerians have started showing significant interest in energy conservation and the reason for this is not farfetched: the regulator of the Nigerian electricity industry has approved countless tariff increases in the last two years that left Nigerians groaning under huge electricity bills. Consequently, Nigerians are now more energy conscious and also pay more attention to the appliances they use and the methodologies that will lead to energy conservation as a means of reducing energy consumption that will ultimately lead to reduced bills. While energy efficient light bulbs result in energy conservation when compared to incandescent bulbs, certain types are more energy efficient than others. Available data indicates that the LEDs are more energy efficient than the CFLs.

     Available statistics show that in an average home, depending on the style of lighting, electric bulbs can be responsible for up to 25% of the home’s monthly electricity consumption. This is no surprise at all as many electricity consumers are oblivious of the ways in which different light bulbs consume energy.

This paper aims to shed light on the differences between the commonly used light bulbs, the Incandescent (yellow) bulb, the Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulb and the Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulb, and the differences in their energy requirements.

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The Independent Energy Watch Initiative (I-WIN), an enterprise of Energy ConServ and the Roundtable for the Growth and Development of Power (RODEP), is an online/web based power sector portal that strives to engage stakeholders and the Nigerian public on topical issues in the power sector.

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