What are my light bulb options?

People have long loved the warm, flame-like color of the incandescent bulb. Luckily, there are three alternatives to recreating such light in an energy-efficient way: incandescent halogen, compact fluorescent and LED.

Halogen: Energy efficient and warm (incandescent!) light. Halogen bulbs are actually incandescent lighting with their energy savings kick up a couple notches.

  • Efficiency: At least 25% more efficient than standard incandescent
  • Dimmable: Fully dimmable, just like standard incandescents
  • Light Appearance: Bright white light and good color rendering
  • Average Life: 1,000 hours (standard medium base)
  • Suggested Uses: Great for bright downlighting: task, accent, undercabinet and mini pendants

Like Halogen, Xenon and Krypton bulbs are also energy efficient incandescent bulbs. Xenon doesn't get as hot as Halogen, and can be a better option in tight or enclosed lighting fixtures.

Fluorescent and Compact Fluorescent: These energy efficient bulbs have come a long way. Today, they are available in a wide variety of types, and have improved accuracy in how they render color, so everything looks more natural and alive.

  • Efficiency: About 75% more efficient than standard incandescent
  • Dimmable: Not always dimmable (check the bulb's label)
  • Light Appearance: Wide variety of light colors and improved color rendering (often above 80 CRI)
  • Average Life: 8,000 hours (standard medium base)
  • Suggested Uses: Great for indoor home lighting (portables, recessed, kitchen) and commercial spaces

LED: Long-lasting, eco-friendly and super energy efficient...what's not to love? LED bulbs are fast becoming the coolest light bulb of them all--literally, as they emit almost no heat and they thrive in cold locations.

  • Efficiency: At least 75% more efficient than standard incandescent
  • Dimmable: Dimmable options and LED-compatible dimmers available
  • Light Appearance: Wide variety of light colors and high color rendering (80-90 CRI)
  • Average Life: 25,000 plus hours (standard medium base)
  • Suggested Uses: Great for outdoor, landscape, recessed, task and decorative lighting

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