Over the last few months we have started switching out our bulbs from the incandescent to energy efficient bulbs. We started making the change this year when I heard about how much money could be saved on our electric bill. Honestly that was my only consideration and I just took the claims on the box as the whole truth and never thought about it again. I am glad I have started making the change because things are about to change for us all! New legislative changes in January will change what light bulbs can be manufactured and sold. What does that mean for you and me? I wanted to be more informed and I wanted to help you with the new changes as well. So I have partnered with GE to do an experiment As a part of my partnership I received coupons for the GE light bulbs for this project. This project idea and all opinions posted about my GE Lighting experience are my own.
When was the last time you went shopping for lights? Where you completely overwhelmed with choices? For me shopping for light bulbs makes me a little crazy. There are so many choices of brands, wattage, styles, looks, sizes, energy usage levels and prices. When things change in January things will change again and this time I want to be prepared and know my options! I understand that GE energy-efficient soft white light bulbs will be the closest available alternative to traditional incandescent bulbs.
What Are Changes in Lighting Legislation?
- You are not required to throw out your existing bulbs.
- Manufacturers simply can’t manufacture certain bulbs as time goes on.
- There is a range of specialty incandescent bulbs that are exceptions, including 3-ways, reflectors, appliance bulbs and some decorative options.
- Moving forward, you’ll choose from better technology like energy-efficient soft white, CFL and LED options.
So what are the new options?
Our Lighting Experiment
- Do all energy efficient bulbs produce the same kind of light?
- Do all energy efficient bulbs produce the same amount of heat?
Possible Hypotheses from a 3 and 6 year old:
- They all produce the same amount of light.
- They do not produce the same amount of light.
- They all produce a different levels of heat.
- They do not produce the same level of heat.
- Have an adult place each bulb into the each lamp and turn them on.
- Observe the light that is produced from each lamp.
- Hold a thermometer three inches above each bulb for one minute and record the temperature as well as the length of time the light has been on.
- Leave the lights on for an extended period of time. At different times repeat steps 2 and 3. Has the light changed? Has the temperature changed? Record all the information and the time.
We have started this project. I am excited to see how the bulbs perform over the next few days. We have already noticed that one bulb makes gives off a softer glow. But before we report our official findings we want to let them stay on and see if t hey change over time.
Bringing Choices To Light In Your Home
If you were to do this project what would you consider an important factor?
- the way it makes your room look
- the heat it produces