How Table Lamps Can Save You Lots of Cash

I will not bore you with technical terms of how electric voltage works. I’m sure all of you science buffs out there already know Ohm’s Law. So, when you want to save money on your energy bill, it’s easier to think Watts.

In essence, the amount of money you save on energy depends on the amount of watts the light bulb itself produces. This is separate from the lamp that is powering it. Currently, LED light bulbs can last up to 25,000 hours. Fluorescent bulbs (CFL) can last up to 10,000 hours, and  incandescent bulbs only last on average 1,000 hours. Incandescent bulbs can rack up significantly more charges than the others on your energy bill.

When it comes to the light bulb itself, the lighting industry will continue to push more toward LED lights. This is due to the facts: LED bulbs use the lowest amount of energy, all while providing the same amount of brightness. You can even find LED bulbs much brighter than its competitors. Even with that being the case, some additional energy savings can be cashed in. Some of the newer generation lamps are providing premium features such as:

The Dimming Feature

You can now buy lamps with a dimming feature. This feature can save a lot of useless need for a lamp using all of its energy, unnecessarily. We know, all you want is a little mood lighting, or even just some “wake up” light.

Yes, I am aware that dimming capabilities are found in many modern homes today, but they are not always located in every room you would like it to be. Also, the average cost of changing your everyday on/off switch to a dimming switch can burn through pockets. You can end up paying up to $200 USD for a dimmer switch and installation costs. That doesn’t even include the fact that sometimes the electrical circuit board and the light fixture itself will not support any dimming functionality at all. Sometimes your best bet is to find a table/floor lamp that will provide all of the additional capabilities. That way, you can escape all of the hassle of hiring professionals that tell you (in fancy terms) that you will need to spend some extra bucks. Then again, if you are in the DIY league, maybe you would like the challenge… More power to you (show off! Jk)

USB Power Sources

There are actually two types of USB powered lamps: lamps with a USB cord and lamps with a USB cord w/USB ports on the lamp. Typical USB powered lamps can plug into a USB adapter or hub. USB powered lamps are very beneficial for a number of reasons. Not only can they save you money by plugging into a traditional AC power unit, but you can also plug into your computer or laptop device!

Whenever you are up late night finishing an important paper (or blog), and you are trying to refrain from keeping the table lamp blazing high energy voltage, (sending your power bill through the roof) you can hook it up to your device. Now you can party on until the wee hours of a late night or early morning. To add to that, you also have USB powered lamps that have a USB port built into the base. That’s double the savings!

Battery Operated Lamp

Battery powered lamps are The Matrix’s Neo when referring to energy saving lamps. Not only do you have the option of never plugging your lamp into an outlet, but just imagine once you start finding quality battery operated lamps with a USB port to plug your battery charger in. You will never need to plug a light in again!

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