How to Buy the Right CFL: A Cheat Sheet

Deciding to switch from incandescent light bulbs to energy-saving CFLs or LEDs is easy. Figuring out how many lumens your new bulbs should be is not. Luckily, we've got a handy cheat sheet for you that shows the right conversions for switching your home lighting needs from watts to lumens.

While some CFL, LED and halogen light manufacturers have made light bulb shopping easy for consumers by printing their bulbs' equivalent wattage right on the packagaing, others still seem to leave you in the dark about which bulb is right for your lighting.

The next time you're out shopping, take this cheat sheet with you and make sure you come homw with the right bulb:

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Taryn is a writer, maker, and designer in Atlanta, Georgia. Living in an apartment with her husband and their Boston Terrier, Bacon, she loves to entertain and hates having a tiny kitchen.