NYT: The Best Energy-Efficient Lightbulbs

House & Home Roundup 1.10.08

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This is a great resource. A panel of employees from The New York Times rounded up energy-efficient light bulbs for an evaluation. Any Other Bright Ideas? examines the many benefits of compact-fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) and the reservations many have in adopting the more energy-efficient form of lighting. Besides complaints of buzzing and a harsh "institutional glow", CFLs contain mercury and should be disposed of with hazardous waste...But which bulbs are best? The team for The Times evaluated twenty-one energy efficient bulbs. Fourteen of the bulbs were CFLs and the remaining bulbs were made up of other energy-efficient bulb technology like halogen, LEDs (light-emitting diode) and even an energy-efficient incandescent. This table shows their favorites:
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Here's a link to the full-sizetable.

The article stresses the vast differences between energy-efficient bulbs. While some were simply awful, many performed very well. The article also explores the importance of finding different bulbs for different lighting environments. The accompanying slideshow of real-life experiences with bulbs is both interesting and helpful.

This issue got a lot of attention on AT last January, but we're interested to know which energy-efficient bulbs readers prefer. Please share your thoughts in the comments.

(Pics: Tony Cenicola)

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