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Light Bulb Buying Guide

Posted on December 3rd, 2015 by Jupiter Tequesta

Buying light bulbs sounds pretty straightforward, right? Not exactly. Quite a bit has changed in the past 10 years.

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“When Congress passed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), the incandescent bulb’s days officially became numbered,” reports CNET. Although familiar, these bulbs are outdated and inefficient. That’s why, today, shopping around for light bulbs requires at least a little research. Lucky for you, we’ve done the legwork for you!

Read our light bulb buying guide:

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs)

Price: $5-25
Wattage: 4W-22W
Life expectancy: 20,000 hours

Most LED bulbs use just a fraction of the wattage needed to light up an incandescent bulb, making them super cost-effective. With a long life expectancy, LEDs could potentially last for decades. Most traditional bulbs, on the other hand, last for just about a year.

Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs)

Price: $2-20
Wattage: 9W-52W
Life expectancy: 10,000 hours

This type of bulb was all the rage until LEDs came around. While CFLs are more energy efficient and cost-effective than classic light bulbs, they emit a white light that feels cold and hospital-like. That’s a big part of the reason CFLs have been usurped by LEDs.


Price: $1-10
Wattage: 40W-150W
Life expectancy: 1,000 hours

The light bulb that most of us grew up with is slowly being phased out. While incandescent bulbs have not been banned, they do not meet current efficiency standards. However, this type of bulb could be modified to be more efficient. (Case in point: halogens, which are basically incandescent bulbs with added halogen gas.)

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