Lighting

Save money and prevent pollution with fluorescent and higher efficiency lighting. Regular incandescent bulbs are inefficient, converting only 10% of the electricity used into light. The other 90% is wasted as heat.

Light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs

  • More efficient than CFLs.
  • Longer lasting than other light sources.
  • Higher cost than other light sources.

Compact fluorescent bulbs

  • Direct replacement for incandescents.
  • Provide more lumens per watt.
  • Three times more efficient than incandescents.

Replace your halogen torchieres with ENERGY STAR®-certified lamps

Halogen lightbulbs are a fire safety hazard, reaching 700 to 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit. ENERGY STAR®-certified lamps are a safe and energy-efficient alternative, saving about $50 per year in energy costs if used four hours per day.

  • Produce natural-looking, high-quality light.
  • Equal or more light than 300-watt halogen torchieres.
  • Use about one-fourth the electricity.
  • ENERGY STAR® label means the lamp is energy efficient, reliable and safe.

Outdoor nighttime safety improves with good lighting

  • Replace incandescent lights with ENERGY STAR® bulbs and fixtures wherever practical.
  • Use photo-eye controls to turn lights on at dusk and off at dawn.
  • Choose motion detection sensors to provide light only when needed.
  • Compare outdoor lighting costs.
  • Be a good neighbor. Avoid light trespass and offensive glare by choosing fixtures that don't show exposed bulbs.

Energy-saving lighting tips

  • Replace most-used incandescent bulbs and fixtures with ENERGY STAR® bulbs and fixtures. You'll save three-quarters of lighting costs.
  • Turn lights off when not in use.
  • Use photo-eyes and timers rather than leaving lights on.
  • Recycle energy-efficient lightbulbs.

For more information

Or call the MGE Home Energy Line at (608) 252-7117.

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