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10. 31. 2006

Led lightbulbs: save energy, save money

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The humble light emitting diode (LED) is creating a revolution in lighting. Normal incandescent light bulbs use energy, lots of it. LED lights however, use very little. While LEDs have been making their way into street lights and flashlights, they've yet to fully take off for use in the home. And yet, there are many home use LED lightbulbs to choose from: night lights and flood lights, warm fuzzy room-lighting and trippy colored bulbs. When compared, incandescent bulbs (1000 hours of life) can't beat LEDs (up to 60,000 hours.) So take a look at your options when it comes time to replace your lamp lights, and consider a low-consumption alternative. You could save some energy, and some money.

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Kara McNair:

Thanks so much! I was looking for a source of these (compact fluorescents make me physically ill)

Kris:

It's important to note that these bulbs cost over 100 TIMES an incandescent, while CFLs offer comparable energy savings for far less up front cost.

Julie:

Also check out Environmental Defense's new guide to energy-saving light bulbs.
www.environmentaldefense.org/go/cflguide

The site makes it easy to:
- Find energy-saving bulbs for all kinds of fixtures -- with dimmers, in decorative shapes, for outdoors.
- Tell whether the bulb will fit your fixture with side-by-side photos comparing energy-saving models to incandescent versions.
- See how other people found the light quality, thanks to staff reviews.
- Calculate how much you'll save on your electric bill.

Jennifer:

I recognize these as being from Crane and costing up wards of $40 each. If you want to try some of these new type of light bulbs then visit www.shop.donsgreenstore.com has them at less than half the price for a comprable product.

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