Angie's List Report: New Lightbulbs

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Updated: 1/08 10:38 pm
(WDEF) Angie Hicks of Angie's List said, "There are changes on the way for light bulbs. For example, incandescent bulbs are being phased out. If you are not sure what this is going to mean for you, check with your electrician because you might find you have lighting fixtures that will need to be changed."
     The most common alternatives to incandescent light bulbs are compact fluorescents and LEDs.  Fluorescent lights only need one-fifth to one-third the electricity to produce the same amount of light.
     They last about ten times as long.
     Don Dragooworks as a Lighting Designer.  He said, "They start up initially, but takes them awhile to warm up. So, to reach those optimum light output it's going to take a couple of minutes."
    LEDs are up to 85% more efficient than incandescent light bulbs.
    They're also 10% more efficient than fluorescents.
    But while energy-efficient light bulbs last longer, they do cost more than incandescent.
    Bob Nuss is Managing Director at GoodCents.  He said, "When you look at total life of that bulb versus what you paid for that bulb versus what the amount of energy that bulb is using, these are much cheaper. So the tradeoff there is if you want to keep your old incandescent light bulbs you're going to pay more and change them out more. They are going to create more heat in your home as well."
     Lighting is one of the top energy users in your home.
     So when you shop for bulbs, check how much energy the bulb uses.
     That'll impact your electric bill.
     Nuss added, "Look at the mission of the light bulb. What are you using it for? If you're just trying to get general light out of it, then I go with the bulb that uses the least amount of energy."
     If your new bulbs don't work in your existing lamps or fixtures, Angie's List says you should consult a licensed electrician or lighting professional.

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