Jan. 1 changes to shed new light on what bulbs we can use
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Originally published December 29, 2013 at 8:43 PM | Page modified December 31, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Spotlight on light bulbs

Here’s a rundown on your main choices for bulbs.

CFLs: or compact fluorescent light bulbs, are sometimes called twisty or spiral bulbs. The earliest bulbs turned people off with their little light and slowness to come on, but they now come on instantly and produce a light quality equal to incandescent.

Pluses: They’re fairly cheap, about $ 1.25 to $ 2.50 each for a 60-watt-equivalent bulb. They last a long time — about nine years with normal use. They burn cooler than traditional incandescent bulbs and use much less energy.

Minuses: They can take a minute or more to reach full brightness, so they’re not the best choice for stairways or other places where instant brightness is important. Some CFLs can’t be used outdoors, in enclosed fixtures or with dimmers. And CFLs contain mercury, albeit a tiny amount.

LED: These bulbs, illuminated by light-emitting diodes, until recently were pretty much limited, but recent improvements in price and quality make them worth a look.

Pluses: They last so long you may never have to replace them. Energy Star LED lights are guaranteed to last 25…………… continues on The Seattle Times

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