Understanding the types of energy-efficient bulbs can help you save money and appropriately light your space. However, not all bulbs are appropriate for all jobs. But you can shop the light bulb aisle with confidence using this handy guide.
Good to Know
Has the same look of traditional incandescent bulbs, and produces similar light.
Works with dimmers.
Available in a variety of base types so you can match the base with the light fixture.
Compact Florescent Light (CFL)
Uses 75 percent less energy and lasts 6 to 15 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.
Best for places where lights will be left on for long periods of time. Not ideal for closets or pantries.
Takes a while to reach full brightness.
Uses 75 percent less energy and lasts 15 to 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.
More resistant to breakage than incandescent bulbs.
Turns on instantly, no warm-up period needed.
Good for recessed down lighting, task lighting, and general purpose lighting.
Many models can be used with dimmers; check bulb package and dimmer to be sure they’re compatible.
Available in a variety of formats, including mountable strips and holiday lights.
Available in a variety of base types.
Follow the product manufacturer's health and safety instructions including the use of personal protection equipment such as gloves, safety glasses and respiratory protection.
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