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Ask Home Depot: Light Bulbs 101
1. Which types of energy-efficient bulbs are available to consumers now?
Switching with the Incandescent Phaseout
As of January 1, 2014, the 60-watt and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs will no longer be manufactured. This is the final phase of the multi-year incandescent phase out - which began with the 100-watt bulb in 2012.
The Home Depot is the largest supplier of light bulbs in the United States and carries a wide assortment of innovative, energy-efficient light bulbs to empower consumers to reduce their home energy use. On shelves today, The Home Depot offers more than 100 bulb options that consume 70 percent less energy than their incandescent equivalents.
· LED light bulbs: Replacing incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LED bulbs leads to immediate savings on the electric bill.
· CFL light bulbs: CFLs, compact fluorescent lights, are another good energy-efficient option for consumers looking to save money on their energy bills.
· Halogens and High-Efficiency Incandescent Bulbs: Halogen and high-efficiency incandescent bulbs are another energy-saving bulb option.
Question 2: What are the differences between each type of energy-efficient bulb, and how much energy do they save?
· LED light bulbs LED bulbs supply just as much light as incandescent bulbs but require far less electricity. LEDs use up to 85 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and up to 50 percent less energy than CFL bulbs. The lights are reliable, safe and durable with no moving parts and generate a high level of brightness. LED bulbs also have an exceptionally long life expectancy lasting up to 25,000 hours or 23 years.
· CFL light bulbs: CFL bulbs emit the same amount of light as traditional bulbs, but use 75 percent less energy and last up to 9 years longer. CFL bulbs usually pay for themselves in just three to six months. CFL bulbs can help consumers cut energy costs - up to $55 per electricity bill - depending on the bulb type and wattage. A 14-watt (60-watt equivalent) CFL bulb costs about $1.74/per bulb and lasts 10,000 hours.
· Halogens and High-Efficiency Incandescent Bulbs: High-efficiency incandescent bulbs cost on average $1.50 each and last two to three years, and are 28 percent more efficient. In fact, researchers have been able to produce some incandescent light bulbs with up to 50 percent efficiency.
Question 3: What are the Right Bulbs for Each Room?
**Standard white LED bulbs produce light that resembles daylight. You can buy LEDs in warmer colors to produce a similar quality of light as incandescent light bulbs in other rooms. Additionally, like regular incandescent bulbs many LEDs are dimmable to create various types of light.
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