Light bulb Shopping 101

Got an old bulb in your home that is not lighting up the room as much as it should? Maybe it is time to replace it.

If you are asking yourself what kind of bulbs you should buy:

Light bulb Shopping 101

 

LED Bulbs: The most energy efficient bulbs of them all. LED stands for light-emitting diodes, and produce 75% less energy that your standard incandescent bulbs. These bulbs are high quality, even though they cost more; they pay for themselves in energy cost savings!

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CFL Bulbs: These bulbs looking like ice cream swirl cones. Also known as Compact Fluorescent Bulbs they use about 70% less energy than standard bulbs. If you have a dimmer, make sure the CFL bulb package says ‘dimmable’.

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Halogen bulbs:

These bulbs look like incandescent bulbs, but they are more energy saving. These bulbs are dimmable.

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Flourescent lamps: Not dimable unless you buy a ballast; ask your local hardware store employee about these ballasts. They use approximately 25% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs.

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Make sure you are buying ENERGY-STAR labeled bulbs! Why? Simply because your energy costs will be cut in half when you buy energy efficient light bulbs.

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