The Edmond Sun

December 31, 2013

Light bulbs take on new look and new light source

Patty Miller
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Brandon Boozer is excited about light bulbs. He is also excited about saving money.

With the phasing out of incandescent bulbs, Boozer received his first Switch Infinia liquid cooled LED consumer electronic which provides light Tuesday at Batteries Plus Bulbs. The light sells for $11.99.

“Switch has been producing top of the top LED bulbs which are dimmable and will burn for 70,000 hours,” Boozer said.

Lumens, or light output, are in when it comes to grading bulbs or light sources, Boozer said.

When comparing lighting sources, 800 lumens is equal to a 60-watt incandescent bulb that costs $7.23 a year to run if burned three hours a day. It compares to a 43-watt halogen bulb that cost $5.18 a year to burn, a CFL, 13-watt bulb that costs $1.57 a year to burn and a 12-watt LED that costs $1.44 a year to burn.

Incandescent bulbs may cost less to purchase, but it costs more to burn them, Boozer said.

“A halogen light bulb is more cost effective to burn, and costs a little more than $1 a bulb,” Boozer said. “A 43-watt halogen bulb which is 100 percent dimmable uses 28 percent less power than an incandescent bulb, but it is still hot to the touch. They produce less heat than an incandescent bulb so they save on the HVAC.”

CFL stands for compact fluorescent and costs about $8 for a 4-pack. A covered CFL costs about $3.99 and at this price Boozer said they do not dim, although more expensive CFL’s are dimmable.

LED bulbs cost about $11.99 each but can burn up to 70,000 hours.

“Don’t fixate on the initial price of a bulb,” Boozer said. “A LED bulb can last 20 years and it costs less to run. When looking at a bulb, the consumer needs to compare performance, life cycle and quality.”

The things to look at include lumens (light output), watts, average light and color temperature.

“Light colors can be soft white, bright white, cool white and daylight,” Boozer said, “with daylight the brightest bulb.”

A consumer burning a soft white 60-watt bulb may find he needs more light so he may bump his next bulb purchase up to a 100-watt bulb.

“A 100-watt bulb in a lamp that specifies a 45- or 60-watt bulb is a fire hazard waiting to happen,” Boozer said.

Boozer said to stop by Batteries Plus Bulbs to compare lighting sources and see what is happening new in lighting.

Batteries Plus Bulbs electronics store is at 1601 S. Broadway, Suite B.