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New Luminescent Bulbs May Outshine LEDs and Fluorescents

by Tracy McGill •

Retailers are gearing up to meet deadlines for the incandescent light bulb ban. Ikea has already stopped selling the inefficient bulbs. And California has pulled the plug and is letting current supplies run down. Many incandescent lovers are shedding tears and hating on the mercury-containing CFLs and the more expensive (though infinitely more efficient) LEDs. So here come the ESLs. …

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Efficient LED Light Bulbs For The Home

by Benjamin Roman •

LED light bulbs have some huge advantages over incandescent and compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. But they perform differently, so here’s your guide to understanding LED bulbs so you can enjoy their benefits and play to their strengths.

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Compact Fluorescents (CFLs)

by Justin Thomas •

CFLs provide the same amount of light (lumens) as standard incandescent bulbs, but have lower wattage ratings. A standard incandescent light is very inefficient because much of the energy it uses is turned into heat instead of light. A compact fluorescent bulb turns more of its energy into light and less into heat. It uses 75 percent less energy than …

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LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes)

by Justin Thomas •

In recent years, significant advances have been made in the manufacturing of LED bulbs. Once used only as power indicators on appliances, LEDs can now be used to light a room or in powerful flashlights. Some of the advantages of LEDs are: LEDs use about 1/50 of the power of standard incandescent bulbs, and half the power of compact fluorescents …