Learn About the New Energy-Efficient Options with #GELighting

As part of my partnership with GE, I received coupons for my GE light bulbs. All opinions posted about my GE Lighting experience are my own.

Did you know that there is government legislation in the works to do away with incandescent light bulbs?  By 2014, manufacturers will be required to phase out the production of incandescent light bulbs and produce more energy-efficient options for consumers.

GE, the original leader in lighting, is already ahead of the game, with several new choices for lighting.  Their energy-efficient soft lighting options will be the closest alternative for consumers who like the brightness of incandescent light bulbs. 

I was invited by GE to visit my local Walmart, examine the options, and purchase lighting that would best fit our home.   Before venturing out to Walmart, I went to the GE Lighting Consumer page to do more research into the different options.  I was amazed at how much information was available at the website!  GE explained the difference between Halogen (EESW), CFL, and LED light bulbs.

The website also offered information about the new legislation that will take place in 2013-2014, so I could understand how it effects the incandescent light bulbs we already use.  The website also offered a nifty calculator, so I could determine exactly how much energy and money we would save with each bulb choice.  The savings were incredible! 

We have a large house, with many different types of light bulbs, so I brought my husband along with me to Walmart, to help me chose the right bulbs.  He is very particular about the lighting in our house, and prefers soft white lighting, rather than brighter lights.  I knew if I shopped for the light bulbs on my own, I was bound to bring home the wrong thing!  Here is the (Google +) of our shopping trip. 

 Here is a photo of my husband shopping…

And this is the Facebook message I posted about an hour later…

Perhaps my husband should have looked at the GE Lighting website or this video before we went?

In the end, it all worked out okay, and we we left happy with our choices.  We purchased a combination of bulbs: the energy-efficient soft whites for our family room and bedrooms, a few three-way bulbs for the family room, some CFL’s for our outdoor lighting, and a few LED and Halogen bulbs for our recessed (flood) lighting.

We did notice that one of the indoor flood lights, which stated on the box is “dimmable”, did not dim.  We might have to update our dimmer switches, but we are checking into that. 

GE also asked me to develop a children’s project or lesson plan, to help teach kids about the conservation, using the new energy-efficient light bulbs.  I don’t have a little one anymore, so adapted my project so kids 8-15 can do it.  I also incorporated the ability for the children to burn a little energy of their own in the process!

The cover page for my project!

 The link to my project is (HERE).   In January, I will share with you the final results of this project, with a group of kids. If you would like to do this project with your children, please drop me a note in comments below!

Take some time to research all the options for energy-efficient lighting for yourself.  To find out more information, visit the GE Lighting website,  and use their Energy Savings & Usage calculator.  You can also find GE Lighting on Facebook and Twitter.    During the month of November, they are offering a coupon so you can purchase some of their new bulbs.  On the right side of my home page, as you move down the page, is the box to click for the coupon.

By the way, if you go to Walmart to purchase GE Light Bulbs, be sure to check-in on Jingit!

*Disclosure:  I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and GE Lighting #CBias #SocialFabric but my opinions are 100% my own.