Which Light Bulb is Right for Your Home? - WBAY

Angie's List: Which Light Bulb is Right for Your Home?

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By law, incandescent light bulbs will soon be a thing of the past.  The experts at Angie's List have some tips on how these lighting changes could affect you and your home.

It started in 2012, when 100-watt incandescent bulbs were phased out, followed by the 75-watt bulbs.  In 2014, 40-and 60-watt incandescents will be gone from store shelves.

One of the most common alternatives to incandescents are LEDs.      

Angie's List says LEDs cost more up-front, but they're up to 85 percent more efficient than incandescents.   

"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," says Bob Nuss, managing director of GoodCents. "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."

Experts say as more competition among LED manufactures develops, they expect costs to come down.
     
Angie's List says when you're making the switch to LEDs, you need to take a look at your existing fixtures.

"A lot of the LEDs require a special type of dimmer. People who are replacing incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs have to be cognizant of the requirements of replacing that dimmer with a specialty dimmer that works in conjunction with the LEDs," says lighting designer Don Dragoo.

Angie's List says another alternative to incandescents is the CFL bulb, or compact fluorescent light.

It's energy efficient, but there is a drawback. It contains mercury, so it's harder to dispose of.

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