Save Energy, Save Money with GE Light Bulbs #GELighting

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As part of my partnership with GE, I received coupons for my GE light bulbs. All opinions posted about my GE Lighting experience are my own.

Due to the new legislative changes that will go into effect in the new year, light bulb manufacturers are facing changes in what types of light bulbs they are allowed to manufacture and sell to the public.  The traditional incandescent light bulbs that we are all familiar with will no longer be made, so that means that we will have to find alternative light sources.

We still have some regular incandescent light bulbs in the house, but we also have a few CFLs. As our light bulb supply runs out, we have been replacing them. I know that the energy savings from a single light bulb isn’t a huge amount, but it makes a difference over the course of time and the environmental impact is equally as important to me! The less energy we use after switching to CFL bulbs, the less greenhouse gasses will be emitted from power plants. With Miami being on nuclear power, this really hits home to me!

I went shopping at Walmart to get an idea of what kind of lighting options I would have once this new legislation passes, and you can read all about my shopping trip in this Google+ story.

I have a total of 23 light bulbs in our home. What can I say? I like it to be bright! So when I went to check out the GE energy efficient options, I knew that I really needed to look for the best deal, not just on the cost of the bulb, but on the money saved from using certain bulbs.

GE energy efficient soft white light bulbs will be the closest available alternative to traditional incandescent bulbs once the legislation goes into effect, so I knew that I should check those out first. Not to mention, they are pretty inexpensive, compared to CFLs!

I found a GE display showing the current incandescent light bulbs next to their replacements, the energy efficient halogen bulbs – while they are more expensive, they are much less than CFL bulbs. This is a great alternative to CFLs for families that aren’t ready to make the switch or have hesitation about the price point of CFL bulbs.

I love that GE is giving consumers the ability to still use less energy without having to switch to CFLs!

There are actually three different kinds of light bulbs that we will have to choose from once the legislation changes in 2013: halogen, LED and CFL.

I thought for a while about the differences between the GE EESW (Halogen bulbs) and the GE CFL (spiral or Bright from the Start) light bulbs…there really are so many GE lighting options to choose from, with different energy savings, different light settings and different uses.

I thought these GE reveal CFL bulbs would be great in our spare bedroom lamp because they aren’t a high wattage and they will last for up to 7 years! We don’t use the lamps in the spare bedroom very often so this is something I feel will be worth the price – just change the bulbs and we’re good for almost a decade!

Now, in our living room, dining room and kitchen, I prefer a bright light – this is where I do 90% of my blogging work and all of my cooking. I need that bright light not only to avoid straining my eyes, but to produce high quality photos for my blog posts!

I purchased a box of the 100w GE energy smart CFL bulbs for my kitchen and dining room – these should last almost 10 years and will save us so much money!

I also grabbed a box of GE Soft White Instant On for my living room, as this is where we watch television and where most of the people gather when we have friends.

I don’t want the lights too bright, and I am so grateful that they come in “instant on” so that I don’t have to deal with those flickering lights until it comes on!

There were so many factors to take into consideration between the different kinds of GE energy smart light bulbs, but I think I did a good job of figuring out which light was best for which room (brighter in the living room and dining room/kitchen are and softer in the bedrooms) and with all of them offering between $42 and $81 savings per bulb? I think I did pretty well.

You can check out this energy saving calculator to figure out how much you would save if you switched to the different GE lighting products. I estimated that I will save about $103!

You can also find out more about GE lighting and their energy savings on their Facebook page!

GE has some great ideas for how to best light your home, I suggest checking out the GE Lighting website!

  • clean, beautiful light of GE reveal
  • energy-efficient soft white bulbs
  • energy smart Bright From the Start compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs
  • GE energy smart LED bulbs
This video will help to explain a little better than I can!

Now that I have new GE energy efficient bulbs, it’s time to start replacing and recycling my old ones! We started with replacing these standard incandescent bulbs in the living room overhead light. You’re not going to believe it, but they actually burnt out the day before I planned on going shopping!

I am getting Angeline involved in a little project – we’re going to do a home energy audit. She and I are going through and documenting each of the light fixtures we have now and what type of bulb they are using, and once we replace each one, we will compare their energy usage and our savings…and whatever money we project to be saving from our new light bulbs?

It’s going to towards a brand new front door. It’s one of the last things we need to change out since we bought this house in 2009 to make the house more energy efficient. I thought it would be a fun way to use our savings and to get Angeline excited about doing this project – she thinks our front door is ugly.

It is. ha ha!

I’ll be checking back in with y’all in January to let you know how my little GE Lighting makeover went and to share the results of our Home Energy Audit!

Until then, why don’t you get social with GE Lighting?

Follow GE Lighting on Twitter and like the GE Lighting Facebook page!

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and GE Lighting #CBias #SocialFabric” All opinions are my own. 

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  1. says

    I usually gravitate towards a brand like GE that I feel I can trust before purchasing products. And like you, I like it bright. If the windows can’t be open with natural sunlight then I want artificial (warm) light to fill my house.

  2. says

    My father used to work as a lighting expert for GE. I am glad they have an option other than CFLs since CFLs contain mercury. I don;t want them manufactured or used in my home.

  3. says

    These light bulbs look great. I’ll have to look for them next time I’m in the store. I love that your savings is going to a brand new front door. That’s a great idea and goal. Good luck!

  4. says

    I didn’t realize they were phasing them out, but we have been on GE energy train for awhile since my husband works in power. I totally let him handle this stuff, which is probably why we have enough bulbs to last through the next century, lol.

  5. says

    We switched all of our lightbulbs to the GE energy bulbs a while back. The only thing I don’t like about these new types of bulbs is the stuff inside getting out if they break. Still, it’s worth the energy savings!

  6. says

    Wow, this post is incredibly in depth. I didn’t realize that the change of lights was coming so fast and that we will ultimately never be able to by incandescents again. It reminds me of a twinkie, hah! No but seriously, out of all the light options I really like the LEDs the most. If you get the right kind they can put off various types of light and end up using such little amount of power it’s incredible. The Energy Saving Calculator you included is great too, giving people the knowledge of what their actions will produce. Thanks for such a great read.

  7. says

    I like your really clear explanation of the options that you found. I’m a big fan of LED lights although the upfront costs are still pretty high. It will be very interesting to read your update in January.

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