Puget Sound Energy to offer free LED bulbs


Puget Sound Energy’s Rock the Bulb: The Re-Energize Tour 2012 is coming to Bellevue on Oct. 27-28, offering residential electric customers the chance to save energy and hundreds of dollars on their electric bill.

The utility will give PSE residential customers free light emitting diode (LED) bulbs. Rock the Bulb will be held at the Bellevue Fred Meyer at 2041 148th Ave. NE, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27 and 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

New to Rock the Bulb, customers can receive LED bulbs in addition to compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. Customers who attend Rock the Bulb can exchange up to 15 of their old inefficient incandescent bulbs for the same number of free Energy Star-qualified energy-saving bulbs, choosing from a variety of compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs and up to five LED bulbs.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide our customers with the opportunity to try LED lighting in their homes for free through our Rock the Bulb light bulb exchange event,” said Jason Van Nort, PSE’s local government and community relations manager.

LED bulbs use up to 80 percent less energy while producing the same quality and brightness of light that customers are used to getting from incandescent bulbs. The qualified LED bulbs have a lifespan of up to 25 years and can last up to 10 years and use up to 78 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs.

The average incandescent bulb can last up to 1,000 hours or one year.

While an LED bulb isn’t significantly more efficient than a CFL bulb, its long life makes it more cost effective. LED bulbs are also dimmable, making them a solution for kitchen and dining room lights.

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