Recently in Alberta, our Provincial government announced a new energy program called The Residential No-Charge Energy Savings Program. If you sign up for this program, the government will send an Energy Efficiency Alberta installer to your home. They will visit your home and conduct a walkthrough to identify potential opportunities for energy-efficient upgrades at no charge. While some may argue that you, the tax payer are actually paying for it, I’m not going to get into the political argument of this program. What I will do is discuss the options and things you should consider when changing lightbulbs with this light bulb guide.
Light Bulb Guide
Most people don’t really pay attention when they go to change lightbulbs. My guess is most people look at price and wattage and that’s it. There is however something that most people do not consider – the temperature of the light. “Colour temperature is a way to describe the light appearance provided by a light bulb (lamp). It is measured in degrees of Kelvin (K) on a scale from 1,000 to 10,000.” (Westinghouse)
My colleague Kim Barthelmes posted a great video on Facebook regarding her personal experience in changing her lightbulbs.
Kim’s personal experience hit the nail on the head. In fact, Kim also posted a great image of a skyscraper where each floor was clearly not consistent. Can you see the difference?
Light Bulb Guide: Choose Wisely
So when it comes time for you to change out lightbulbs, or when the government gives you free lightbulbs, be sure to check what bulbs they are giving you and make sure they are correct for your home. The wrong light bulb will certainly change the entire feel of the room.