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Indoor Home Lighting Tips

What is Energy Efficient Home Lighting?

Save money on your energy bill by purchasing ENERGY STAR® qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). Today’s CFLs include the best features of fluorescents -- high efficiency and long life -- while producing a steady, quiet, warm white light.

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Use Compact Fluorescent Lights in High-Use Fixtures

Maximize your savings by using Energy Star qualified CFLs in your home’s five most frequently used light fixtures. Compact fluorescent bulbs last up to ten times longer than incandescent bulbs, so you don’t have to replace bulbs as often. You could save more than $60 per year. High-use areas include

  • Kitchens
  • Living rooms
  • Recreation rooms
  • Outdoor fixtures.

Lighting Tips

  • Replace standard incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs. These energy saving bulbs use up to 75 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer than standard bulbs.
  • Install low wattage, small fixtures with a timer or photocell that automatically turn off during daylight and on for outdoor security lighting at night. For increased security and higher lighting levels, use motion detectors on all higher wattage lights.
  • Match light bulb wattage to your lighting needs.
  • Concentrate lighting in reading and work areas.
  • Dust your light bulbs regularly as dirt absorbs light and wastes energy.
  • Turn off lights when leaving rooms.
  • Use our Lighting Calculator to find out how much you can save with energy-efficient bulbs in your recessed, track and spot lighting.

ENERGY STAR® is a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency that seeks to increase consumer awareness, interest and desire for energy efficient products, and is not affiliated with Duke Energy Corporation.