LEDs deliver better light, study says, but consumers buy CFLs
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Of the 90% of Americans who have used LED or CFL light bulbs to save energy and cut costs, most use CFLs, according to a Consumer Reports study released Thursday. Almost 75% of consumers who have switched from incandescent bulbs currently use CFLs. About 25% use LEDs, or light-emitting diode bulbs,  even though LEDs use 75% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs, last as long as 25 years, brighten immediately and often offer better light quality than compact fluorescents.

Price is the biggest consumer complaint about LEDs and CFLs, according to the study, which tested 744 light bulbs to determine which ones performed best. Full results will be published in the product-testing magazine’s October issue.

Consumer Reports looked at LEDs that cost $ 25 to $ 60 and CFLs priced between $ 1.25 and $ 18. The best $ 25 LED was projected to save consumers $ 130 during the bulb’s 23-year life span, whereas an average 60-watt equivalent CFL would save consumers $ 60.

Still, the study said, most consumers aren’t likely to save money by switching from CFLs to LEDs until LED prices drop. Already, LED prices have decreased almost 20% in the last year; the study estimated that LED prices will drop an additional $ 10 for 60-watt replacements in th…………… continues on Los Angeles Times

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New lighting fixtures bring your home up to date
News from Chicago Daily Herald:

One thing that can really date your home is the lighting fixtures. But these can be updated and changed out by most do-it-yourselfers. Here are some super tips and ideas that you can try. Let us know how your upgrades turn out.

• Sometimes you can just replace the glass globes or the light bulbs themselves to update an older ceiling fixture.

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• You might consider painting the fixture. There are some pretty great paints available these days, and many are designed to work well on metals.

But if that’s not enough for you, then you can replace the whole thing. Do a little bargain shopping at home centers, resale stores, consignment dealers or garage sales, and find something more fashionable than what you have now. You’ll want to replace an existing fixture with something similar so that a lot of extra wiring or support isn’t needed. These things just drive up the cost as well as the level of difficulty.

• Turn off the circuit to that fixture at the main electrical panel. Test it to make sure it’s all off before trying to disconnect the wires.

• Now you can remove the old wiring connections. If the fixture is heavy, ask a friend to help before removin…………… continues on Chicago Daily Herald

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