Consumer Watch: Light bulbs


by Andy Treinen

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 5:50 PM

(WHAS11)-- It's time to say goodbye to the old incandescent light bulbs.

Through an ongoing transition since the 2007, an energy law mandated that manufacturers phase out incandescent light bulbs and as of Jan. 1, 2014, included some of the most common bulbs used in our homes – the 40 and 60 watt bulbs.

The most common alternatives are CFL (compact florescent lights) and LED's (light emitting diodes)
CFL's only use one fifth the electricity of incandescent bulbs to produce the same amount of light and they last 10 times as long.
                                                                                                                                                                        Lighting designer Don Draggo said he thinks the cost will come down.

"The cost is still pretty high, I think as we get further into the development stages and the competition becoming stiffer, we'll see the prices starting to come down," Draggo said.

CFL's take a while to warm up and reach optimum light output.

LED's are 10 times more efficient than CFL's and 85 percent more efficient than incandescent bulbs. So comparing the cost bulb versus bulb alone is an important point.

"These are much much cheaper. So the tradeoff there is you want to keep your old incandescent light bulbs you're going to pay more, you're going to change them out more," managing editor for Goodcents Bob Nuss said.

Lighting is one of the top energy users in our homes, so when shopping for bulbs check how much energy the bulb uses. That's going to have a much bigger impact on your energy bill than ever before.

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