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Replacement Lights Up 75% Less Energy
You can save up to 75% of your lighting costs if you replace standard incandescent lights with screw-in fluorescent replacements, according to a Colorado company that specializes in energy saving lights.
Rising Sun Enterprises, Snowmass, Colo., says their energy efficient bulbs not only cut utility bills but also last 10 to 15 times longer than conventional bulbs.
There are two types of screw-in replacement fluroescent bulbs. One is a modular type bulb that has a ballast separate from the bulb. You screw the ballast in before the bulb. The other type is an integral bulb which has a ballast built right in. Integral bulbs are more convenient to use while modular bulbs generally cost less. Both types are now made in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and wattages. Prices range from $15 to $25 apiece.
Some utility companies around the country have started offering screw-in fluorescent lamps to their customers through leasing programs. They lease the bulbs to customers for 26 cents per month and then replace burned-out bulbs for free. Other utilities replace all incandescent bulbs with fluorescent bulbs, letting the owner pay off the cost of the bulbs with savings on electric rates. According to a recent story in Harrowsmith magazine, Wisconsin Power & Light recently replaced 240 lights in Tom Peck's poultry barn in southwestern Wisconsin with fluorescents at a cost of $3,000. The farmer is paying off the cost at a rate of about $1,000 a year but is saving $1,300 annually. Once the lights are paid off, all the savings will be his.
For an information "sampler" explaining all types of replacement bulbs available and how they work, as well as for a catalogue of available products, send $3.00 to: FARM SHOW Followup, Rising Sun Enterprises, P.O. Box 586, Snowmass, Colo. 81654 (ph 303 927-8051).

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