New Light Bulb Efficiency Guidelines

New Light Bulb Efficiency Guidelines

There has been much discussion in the media lately (including a fair amount of misinformation) regarding the phase-out of traditional incandescent light bulbs in the United States.  Read on to separate the reality from the hype, and to learn more about efficient lighting technologies that will save energy and cut your power bills.

Dimmable Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

Dimmable compact fluorescents are available, they are usually made with “cold cathode” technology. You can find dimmable bulbs here on Amazon. There’s a 12 pack available here, and a dimmable compact fluorescent spotlight here. 1000 Bulbs also sells a wide range of dimmable compact fluorescent bulbs

12V Compact Fluorescents (15 or 23 Watt)

This is a meta-efficient bulb because it is a 12V compact fluorescent. Available in 15-watts, equal to a 60-watt incandescent (880 lumens), or 23-watts, equal to a 100-watt incandescent (1350 lumens). These lights have a warm color (2700K), operate at 14° to 130°, and measure 5.2"L x 2.1" diameter.