Preparing for Our School Project ~ #GELighting #cbias {Video}

What’s Your Lighting Style?
~ We Researched That Question and More ~
As you might remember in our first post, the kids and I completed a GE lighting project to compare light bulbs. It was very fun to work together to find out which of the different style energy-efficient light bulbs were best for our family and fit our style. Since I am a former teacher, so I decided this was a great opportunity to teach my kids about the scientific method. That was always one of my favorite things to teach! My kids have not learned about it yet in school (they are only in kindergarten and 3rd grade), so they were super excited to learn something new. I was also able to get my little “teaching fix” in too! 

As stated in my earlier post, here were our findings and what we did with using the scientific method:

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Formulate a Question:

Which GE bulbs will fit our family’s lighting style?


My daughter believes we will like the brighter EESW bulbs.

  • We predict that the 75 watt bulb will be too dim for our liking and that we may not be able to see in the room as well.
  • We predict that some rooms may require different bulb types.
  • We predict that the bulbs will look different in different fixtures.

To try out the bulbs, we decided to put them in different fixtures to see how they looked in the room. We tested the 75 vs. 100 watts and the CFL vs. EESW. Here’s a chart from the GE site to show you some comparisons for the bulbs. Here you can see the energy-efficiency of the bulbs too. And check out the savings!

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After testing out the different bulbs in our house, here are our results:

1. The 75 watt bulbs were a lot brighter than we thought. We also noticed that we were previously using 60 watt bulbs. The 100 watts were super bright. We liked the 75 watts better, as the 100 watts was too bright for us in most rooms.

2. We did like different rooms with different lighting styles. Brighter in the kitchen and bathroom, and dimmer in our living room and bedrooms.

3. Having the different bulbs in the same fixture did make the lighting look a bit different. 

4. We also threw in the GE Hybrid Technology 60 watt bulb and really liked that one too. It was a bit dimmer, but it was cool that it looked both like the CFL spiral and the EESW bulbs we tried. A nice compromise, and it’s a $39 Energy Savings per bulb. 

5. The BEST buy for your money and for the environment seems to be the CFL spiral bulbs we bought. The 100 watts had a $97 Energy Savings per bulb. Those were the kind we were already using (but at a different watt level).

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My daughter and I asked her teacher at school if she could present our little “side project” to her classmates. My daughter thought it would be fun to share with them what we learned, and how you can save money with using GE light bulbs in your house. Her teacher said she could when they do something related in science class, so she’s excited about that. In the meantime, she wanted to practice her presentation. You can see it below! She’s cute!


There is actually a quiz you can take on the GE site where you answer a few questions and it helps you figure out your “lighting style.” Make sure to check it out! It’s fun!
Also, check out GE on Facebook and Twitter

The GE Energy Savings Calculator on the GE Site is awesome too!

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. All opinions are mine and mine alone.

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  1. How totally adorable!! I love the presentation and what a fun way to check out lighting options. I can’t wait till my daughter is old enough to talk scientific method (nerd here!)

  2. We love GE lightening. That is so neat! I love the presentation too and how you got the kids involved.

  3. SO cool!! What a great way to teach – your kids are lucky you have a teaching background!

  4. What a wonderful project to do with your children. You were super thorough! I loved reading your analysis, you saved me time from figuring it out myself in the near future. :)

  5. Great video! Love helping our kids learn while they’re having fun creating! Really nice job kids!

  6. What a great idea! I like seeing it broken down like that….I know the kids probably enjoyed testing it out!

  7. Great information! Your daughter is so cute! Think she’ll grow up to be a teacher?! :)

  8. Now that’s a great presentation! I think our family leans more towards the brighter, yellow light category!

  9. What a fun way to learn about such an important subject. I love your daughter’s presentation. She is so cute!

  10. A GREAT way to be able to incorporate learning into every day tasks. I love the project.

  11. Oh wow! Can I join your next class? This was really cute & a fun way to learn.


  12. What a neat project! I can see the teacher in your shining brightly. :)

  13. Seeing that I am a Scientist by trade, I am giggy about your awesome Science project!

  14. I LOVED reading (and watching) this- even the hubs was interested. Great for kids to do and adults to learn :)

  15. This is great! Love that you made it a family project. Off to take the quiz to find out my “lighting style”… :)

  16. Very cool! BTW How adorable is K?? Too cute!!

  17. Oh my gosh!! How impressive!! I love that you made it into a learning experience for them! You would make a great homeschool Mama!! And, I love the presentation!

  18. I love these light Energy Smart bulbs. We switched to them a long time ago. :)


  19. This is so cool! You can tell your kids had a great time learning, and testing out the bulbs! Nice job on the project and super cute video!

  20. How cute is she practicing her presentation?

  21. Great job on the project, can tell they enjoyed doing it.

  22. What a great thing to do with your kids. I was thinking the other day when making my grocery list, I have not bought a light bulb in 4 years which to me is impressive because we have not changed any either, of course now they will all start going, lol.

  23. That is so cute! I love that your kids are into science!

  24. Very cute and great idea! Thank you for sharing this.

  25. What a fun, hands-on experiment! I agree, I would light up my kitchen like a stadium if I could… but I prefer a softer light in the bedrooms. Loved the chart you included. I came away with a greater appreciation of the yearly cost and savings, too!

  26. Oh that is very cool! We have started changing over our bulbs to the new energy efficient ones. I am rather surprised that our new energy efficient bulbs are brighter than the old ones. I really like that feature. We also like brighter lights in the kitchen and bathrooms and dimmer in living room and bedrooms.

  27. Great post, I love the project:) They did a great job.

  28. It is so cool that kids get to learn ebout such important things. Way to go!

  29. I love school projects! What a great way to teach about saving energy.

  30. My lighting styles are Hopeless Romantic, Fuzzy Slippers, and Blank Canvas. Great post!

  31. Thank you for the information! I love how much your kids learned and passed it onto us! Sounds great!

  32. what an excellent highly involved project! I am glad I stopped by. I have always wondered difference with all these bulbs. Thanks for all the hard work.

  33. I’m a middle school science teacher and I loved seeing this post. We are getting ready to start promoting our spring science fair and I’m going to share with with my 7th graders for an idea on how to do a project.

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