I’ve been very concerned since CFL light bulbs have come out about the affect of the mercury it contains, in our homes and environment. With incandescent bulbs being taken off of the shelves, we were being pushed to purchase these mercury-containing light bulbs. That’s why I was so excited to see that GE is offering an alternative, halogen light bulbs.
Why? CFL light bulbs contain mercury, a hazardous substance that can cause major health problems when you come in contact with it (including contact through a heated light bulb emitting the substance in the room). A Stony Brook University study showed that these bulbs emit harmful ultraviolet radiation that could burn skin and skin cells and cause melanoma.
Thankfully, there is now an eco-friendly alternative. I was provided with a 4-pack of GE Reveal halogen lightbulbs free of charge to do my own room makeover. I’m pleased to see that not only are these bulbs safer than CFLs, but they also use less energy than an incandescent bulb and really did wonders for the lighting in our bedroom! Before, our bedroom lighting was pretty dark and depressing. With the GE halogen light bulbs, it really brightened up our bedroom and made it more cheery (even the room’s paint color stood out more with the new bulbs). Check out my before and after photos below:
Swapping Frugally: When I used to think of halogen light bulbs, I thought they were expensive! That is not the case, GE halogen light bulbs are affordable and can also save you money on your electric bill by reducing the amount of energy used. GE is also offering some really great coupons for the month of October on their GE Reveal halogen light bulbs. Through 10/27, you can enter the code GEREVEAL at checkout when you purchase on Home Depot’s site to score extra savings (be sure to go through Ebates to get 5% cash back on your purchase!). For a limited time, Amazon is offering 30% off GE Reveal light bulbs. Or, through 11/2, print a Target Cartwheel coupon for 25% off GE light bulbs. If you prefer to shop online at True Value, you can get $2 off GE Reveal light bulbs!
Swapping over to GE Reveal’s halogen light bulbs is an easy, eco-friendly, healthy swap that can save you money on your electric bill and as a bonus, really improve the lighting in your home!