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LED filament bulbs

All about LED filament bulbs

...Incandescent lightbulbs? At the beginning of the 20th century, light bulbs were handmade, with incandescent filaments painstakingly being placed in tiny glass globes. Manufacturing is a little more automated now, but the performance of incandescent bulbs hasn't changed - 80-90% of the energy consumed is still convert...

Warm light and dimmable LED bulbs

All about LED bulbs - video

...Incandescent bulbs give off lots of unwanted heat, which in summer months makes your air conditioning system work harder. Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) were a great stop along the way but have passed their usefullness in our opinion. CFL bulbs are more efficient than incandescent bulbs but less so than LEDs. Their l...

Mixed interior room lighting

Home lighting design

...incandescent. Priced higher than incandescent bulbs, the life span and reduced energy consumption make it a worthwhile investment. On the negative side, fluorescent bulbs contain mercury vapour, and are actually considered hazardous waste when disposed of. While the energy efficiency compared to incandescent bulbs is...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...Incandescent and halogen bulbs produce far more heat than compact fluorescent or LED lamps . LED are more expensive, but the price is dropping quickly; they last forever and use a fraction of the energy. The quality of bulbs has also improved, see the new LED filament bulbs here . Cook fresh: do whatever you possibly...

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...incandescent bulbs. The best solution all around is to replace old, leaky and incandescent light fittings with modern slimline LED fittings - carefully sealed against air leakage and saving energy too. Another solution that isn't very complicated (or much fun for that matter) is dealing with these leaks from above. T...

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...incandescent and halogen bulbs with LED bulbs ; replace any old and inefficient appliances with ENERGY STAR certified appliances ; install low-flow shower heads and faucets that will reduce the demand on electric water heaters ; if you heat with electricity, have a home energy audit done and perform necessary upg...

Dual axis solar tracker
Solar photovoltaic

Choosing between solar trackers and fixed solar panels mounts

...incandescent bulbs with LEDs. Now you are ready to size a system that will meet your demand at the most affordable price. To be factored when determining the size and location of a panel array: Average annual power consumption Geographical location - hours of sun exposure in a day Potential shade from nea...

Ice dams on roofs & how to fix them
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...incandescent and halogen bulbs for LED bulbs so less heat will be generated. Sun melt is unavoidable - including a water-impermeable membrane under the shingles at bottom edge won't stop the dam but it will stop the damage. Move any ventilation equipment out of the attic. There is a lot to learn from something ...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...Incandescent bulbs convert 80% of their energy to heat, so turning on ten 100 watt bulbs is like turning on an 800 watt heater. Having house plans drawn: Working with an architect: An architect will provide you with full professional services, meaning: design, contract bidding, taking care of all contract documen...