We’ve previously written about the benefits of using LED lights however, there are a few different options for lighting that are certified energy efficient initiatives. The most popular light bulbs aside from LED lights are halogen incandescent bulbs and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Here is a closer look into these two forms of lighting and how you can use this type of lighting to save energy in your home!

Halogen Incandescent Bulbs vs. Regular Incandescent Bulbs

Halogen incandescent bulbs look like the ordinary incandescent light bulb however; the difference between the two is their composition. A standard bulb has a heat sensitive glass envelope that contains nitrogen-argon. When the tungsten filament is heated, this gas evaporates leaving deposits of metal on the cooler glass envelope – the reason why many light bulbs turn black as they die out. This heating process is not optimal, and uses a lot of energy as a result.

Halogen incandescent bulbs have a capsule that holds gas around the tungsten filament, a more efficient way of heating the bulb. The tungsten filament is able to mix with the vapour instead of being deposited onto the envelope. This creates a “regenerative cycle” that is far more long lasting and energy efficient.

What’s great about Halogen Incandescents:

  • Available in many forms (colours and designs)
  • Great for indoor use as they provide a warm glow
  • Make the perfect choice to use with dimmers


CFLs are compact versions of the long tube fluorescent lighting that is normally found in institutions like health care facilities and schools. They use 1/4th the energy of regular incandescents and last ten times longer. They are usually opaque, look a little boxier than the average light bulb or they can come in a spiral form.

What’s great about CFLs:

  • Come in a range of colours
  • Some varieties can diffuse light – giving you options of different kinds of lighting
  • Can work with dimmers (although its important to note that not all of them have that feature)
  • Pay for themselves in energy costs in less than 9 months,
  • Use 1/3rd of what halogen incandescents use
  • Are great for outdoor use as they tend to provide a cool glow

Controls, timers and photocells

Using controls, timers and photocell sensors is a great way to save on energy in your home with these lighting options. Controls let you adjust the power and brightness of the light while timers let you set how long the light will shine for. Photocell sensors can also be used to detect light, as it will adjust the lighting to how much or how little light there is already present in the room or area. These are all ways to reduce energy consumption and save money on your energy bills.

Are you re-designing your home or are you in the process of designing a new living space? Contact us to talk about lighting solutions to make your home energy efficient today.