Inexpensive LED Light Bulbs Have Arrived

by Tracy McGill •

LED light bulbs have long had incandescent and CFL (compact fluorescent) bulbs beat in terms of energy efficiency, yet they’ve taken a back seat to the CFLs due to the much higher price tag of an LED bulb. That is until now. As incandescent bulbs are being phased out, lighting companies are scrambling to get their LED bulbs on the …

Plumen’s Chic CFL Light Bulbs: Available Soon To U.S.

by Tracy McGill •

They’ve been called everything from curly bulbs to squirrel bulbs to pigtail bulbs, but one thing CFL light bulbs have never been called is beautiful. Until now. A British company by the name of Plumen creates CFL bulbs with an attractive design, one that is meant to be on display. Last month the Plumen 001 bulb won the Brit Insurance …


Despite Recent Concerns, LEDs Still Offer Efficient & Clean Light

by Benjamin Roman •

LEDs offer the best energy efficiency of any widely available lighting technology.  And LED lights contain no mercury, as opposed to the compact fluorescent bulbs that have become so common.  But recent reports suggest that LEDs may have their own issues with hazardous substances, so should you steer clear of them?  Not so fast – LEDs are still a great …


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. …


New LED Light Bulbs Can Replace 100W Incandescents

by Justin Thomas •

Update: See our latest post on LED Light Bulbs For The Home. I recently had the chance to test two state-of-the-art LED light bulbs from EarthLED. LED bulbs have many advantages over incandescents and compact fluorescent: they use very little power, they last 10 years or more, and they contain no hazardous substances. They are also tough: they can be …


LED Light Bulb Replacements

by Justin Thomas •

LEDs are close to becoming metaefficient alternatives to regular light bulbs, but they are not quite there. Right now the brightest LED bulb is equivalent to a 25W incandescent bulb. The bulb seen here has 36 LEDs and runs on 1W. That means it could run 10 hours a day for a whole year for less than two dollars. It …


Help With Light Bulbs Terms

by Justin Thomas •

Bulb Types   Bulb Base Types Color Temperature The color temperature of light refers to the temperature to which one would have to heat a "black body" source to produce light of similar spectral characteristics. Color Temperature is expressed in degrees Kelvin (K). Low color temperature implies warmer (more yellow/red) light while high color temperature implies a colder (more blue) …