NYT: The Best Energy-Efficient Lightbulbs

NYT: The Best Energy-Efficient Lightbulbs

Aaron Able
Jan 10, 2008
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: 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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