Have you changed your lightbulbs?

lightsIncandescent light bulbs are about to become a thing of the past. By 2014, incandescent bulbs will not be sold in the US. Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFLs) and LED bulbs have been proven much more efficient and cost-effective.

CFLs are currently more popular because of the low cost. The current drawback is that they’re slightly more expensive than incandescent bulbs, and take 1 second to warm up. (If they take longer, you may want to contact an electrician because a longer delay is abnormal.) CFLs are now available in a wide variety of sizes, so start looking for them in your favorite hardware store.

LEDs are more expensive, but have been adopted for car headlights. They produce a clearer light, and are often included in rechargeable flashlights because they’re so efficient.

Congress estimates that, in the 15 years following the phase-out, consumers will save roughly $40 billion, and America will need 14 fewer coal fired power plants. –EcoGeek

Who doesn’t want to save money?

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2 thoughts on “Have you changed your lightbulbs?

  1. These more efficient lightbulbs are great – my only concern is the Mercury that is inside. I haven’t done the research into the amount of Mercury but this metal can be quite harmful…

  2. It’s true. They need to be recycled when they’re done. Thanks for the reminder! Each bulb lasts about 7 years, so maybe CFL recycling will be easier in a few years when they start to burn out.

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