Energy Efficient Light Bulbs - Enough to give Edison a headache.
Here’s a bright idea. Let’s try to make the purchase of energy efficient light bulbs a little easier for consumers. Remember when buying a light bulb involved the simple choice of brightness? Well now you need to know about volts, lumens and kelvins, understand the terms omnidirectional and unidirectional, and know the difference between CFL’s, LED’s and Halogens.
There are now endless choices of energy efficient light bulbs crowding the aisles of your favorite store. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for energy efficiency and welcome the latest products sparked by new Federal standards, but you shouldn’t have to put in hours of research just to buy a light bulb.
There is a flicker of hope on the horizon. Lighting manufacturers are working on displays and packaging information to make energy efficient light bulb shopping less confusing. However, until that happens, expect a challenge.
For example, if you're particular like me - you'll want to chooseenergy saving bulbs that produce the most attractive and pleasant light. (It’s all about the ambiance, baby.) Therefore, it's important to understand how to match a bulb’s color temperature to the tones of your room(s).
Sounds simple enough, right? Wrong. Manufacturers have developed a system called the “correlated color temperature” index. Unfortunately, it works counter to the way most of us think. The lower color temperature, emits a warmer and more yellow light, while the higher color temperature, produces a cooler and more bluish hue.
What’s a bulb buyer to do? Here’s a link to help shed a little light on the subject. HELP! In the meantime, the next time you need an energy efficient light bulb, you'll have plenty of choices - enough to give Edison a headache.
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