Here is a quick and cheap way to cut the electricity you use for most of your household lights by over 80%
Step 1: Identify Locations
Step 2: Install the Socket Adapter
Most hardware type stores will have them. We bought one from Rona Cashway for $6.76
Step 3: LED Christmas Lights
You can use any size of string, the one we used was a 4 watt multi-colored one. We are going to be picking up some of the 2 watt white ones though.
Arrange the string of lights around the base how you want, perhaps in a star pattern or spiral.
Step 4: CFL Bulb
Again, the size is up to you, we are using 13 watt ones ourselves.
Step 5: Enough Light to Read a Book!
This gives you enough light to see as you are moving around and such....
In our first conversion (our bathroom), you can read a book while sitting on the toilet with just the LED's going.
If you need more light....
Step 6: When You Really Need to See...
When you are finished, pull the chain to turn it back off, and then the light switch as you leave the room.
Step 7: All Thats Left Is to Save Money!!!
A person uses the bathroom an average of two hours a day. At least 75% of that time, they don't need a lot of light for what they are doing.
So, in our home of two people, figuring 2 hours per person per day, 30 days a month, 365 days a year, with electricity at $0.15/kWh, this is what the different options work out to.
100W Incandescent = 12kWh or $1.80/month, 146kWh or $21.90/year
23W CFL = 2.76kWh or $0.42/month, 38.58kWh or $5.04/year
4W LED/13W CFL (75/25) = 0.75kWh or $0.11/month, 14.24kWh or $1.37