- How come my outdoor Compact Fluorescent Bulbs are so dim over my front door?
- Why are my fluorescent light bulbs outside only half as bright as normal?
- My energy saving fluorescent bulbs outside are hardly coming on since our 7 degree temperatures?
- Will LEDs do better in cold temperatures?
- Should I switch back to regular light bulbs for outside?
Don't even think about switching back to regular incandescent bulbs for outside. They too will burn out faster because of the heat they produce vs the cold outside air. Did you know that with the energy used by a regular light bulb, 90% produces heat and only 10% omits light? Also switching will just run up your electric bill, because now you will have a 75 watt bulb in place of the 20 watt compact fluorescent.
As for LED light bulbs, they will get brighter in colder temps! Additionally you will be only using a 14 watt LED (current technology, LEDs are getting more efficient) to give off 75 watts of light. So to make the long dark winter nights a little brighter, start to change over to new LED bulbs. We will all save a little more on the electric bill, some energy for tomorrow, and have a brighter front doorway.
Bill Lauto, at GoingTrueGreen.com
International Sustainability and Energy Consultant
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