Considering a solar electric system for your home? Begin with your loads, or energy usage.
According to the US Energy Information Administration conventional lighting can consume 15% of the average home electric usage on a monthly basis, 30% in commercial structures.
I dug around and found some of the early compact florescent bulbs that we have used. Remember them? Often we needed special fixtures because the ballast and the bulbs were so large. And we always needed enlarged harps for our lamps. Times have change and so have the bulbs. Now we are actually switching to LED technology. But what might be right for you?
Check out Consumer Reports latest take on CFs vs LEDs…cost, color, consumption and brightness.