The GE Momsperience was like a really fun, two day Home-Economics course. I realized how little I knew about purchasing and using my appliances. I took home some great recipes (I’ll be sharing soon) and met some awesome ladies while exploring the sights in Louisville and embracing Derby fashion. Today, I want to share what I learned about lighting. But first I have to give a shout out to the lighting peeps at GE. They’re based in Cleveland, Ohio, my hometown. If you’re ever in the area around Christmas, they put on the most amazing lights display. Our family used to drive through, post dinner and pre-midnight Christmas Eve mass every year. It’s a great memory and I was happy to learn it’s a tradition that’s still going strong. Now on to home lighting.
As some of you may or may not know, incandescent lightbulbs are being phased out and will be gone from the marketplace by 2014. Unless you’ve already made the switch to more environmentally friendly options, incandescent bulbs are most likely what you have throughout your house. The good news is, GE is working hard to produce a bulb that will offer the same light quality in a more environmentally friendly and incredibly long lasting bulb. Dawn Ridel, the lighting brand manager, was kind enough to send all of the GE Momsperience bloggers home with one of their new Energy Smart LED bulbs, which retail for approximately $50. I’ve done some research and tried it out in my house and here’s what I think.
This nine-watt bulb is energy efficient and produces the same amount of light as a 40-watt incandescent bulb using 77 percent less power. We learned from Dawn that one of the biggest complaints about energy efficient lightbulbs is they only shed light in one direction. This new bulb has overcome that challenge, which is great because that was one of my complaints. Here are some other cool features worth mentioning.
- 22,500 hour life span or 22.8 years
- No mercury
- Incandescent quality white light (it’s soft, yet bright and doesn’t have that funky yellow tint to it)
- If every American household bought just one we could save $400 million in energy costs and prevent 500 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions
- $85 in energy savings over the life of the bulb (which exceeds the initial $50 investment & that doesn’t count the money you save not buying & changing bulbs every year or two)
- 10 year limited warranty to help protect your investment (funny to think of a lightbulb as an investment since they’ve always been an inexpensive “disposable” item)
I now have one of these cool new bulbs in my kitchen above the sink, because that bulb is impossible to change and it seems to always be burnt out. The light is bright and really does shine in multiple directions. Because I spend a lot of time in the kitchen preparing food, photographing food, and enjoying meals with family and friends, good lighting in this area is really important to me. I’m pleased with the effect of the Energy Smart LED light bulb from GE. It may be awhile before I can report on how long it lasts since current packaging estimates 22.8 years! I’m kinda excited about that. No more climbing on the counter and scraping my fingers trying to change the above the sink bulb!
I’m thinking I will start by using this bulb to replace those in difficult to reach areas, but only when the current bulbs burn out. If the $50 price tag puts these out of reach there are several other environmentally friendly options to think about as incandescent bulbs are phased out. I should also mention that in my research I came across one other bulb that is similar to the GE Energy Smart LED. Lemnis Lighting, a brand I was unfamiliar with until a friend mentioned it yesterday, is based in the Netherlands and offers the Pharox 300 which retails at $24.95 plus shipping online. The energy savings and lifetime are similar to the Energy Smart LED, but based on my limited lighting knowledge I think GE bulb is a little brighter.
If you’ve never thought of lighting in relationship to design, below are a few photos from my friends at CKE Interior Design (they’ve helped me with every room in my house and have worked on some amazing projects including the remodel of Tayst, the first and only green certified restaurant here in Nashville) that illustrate the importance of lighting and how to use it as art.
FUN FACT: Did you know that Thomas Edison, the man who developed the first commercial lightbulb in 1870, was also the founder of GE?
* GE Appliances paid for my trip to Louisville to attend the GE Momsperience where I learned about a variety of products. I was not required to write this post and all opinions are my own.