Light Bulbs: Choose the Right Bulb for the Job
Ever stand in the lightbulb section of the store and wonder why there are so many bulbs to choose from? You might be overwhelmed if you're not sure what you're looking for. On the following pages, you'll learn which bulbs to use and when.
Energy-Saving Options Did you know that with every energy-efficient compact fluorescent light (CFL) you screw in, you'll save $30 in energy costs? It's a simple way to conserve energy and save money. And don't forget the simplest option of all: Turn off the light as you leave a room.
Chosen for longer life and energy efficiency, these bulbs are manufactured for newer lamps designed for fluorescents.
Cool, long-lasting, and energy-efficient, these tubes are practical for overhead lighting in utility areas.
Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
Designed to go under counters and in other tight spaces, compact fluorescent bulbs generate less heat and last longer than incandescent bulbs.
With a candelabra base, these are used to highlight art and sheet music. They also are used in some small accent lamps.
Designed for ceiling or wall track lighting and recessed fixtures, these coated bulbs provide directional light.
Used for lamps with three-way switches, these bulbs are an easy way to create mood lighting without dimmers.
In fixtures and lamps, these bulbs provide clear white light. Do not use in homes with small children; the bulbs get quite hot.
These candle-shape bulbs, which may be displayed without a shade, are made for chandeliers and some sconces and lamps.
Classic for soft or colored light, these old-fashioned, easy-to-find bulbs are used for lamps and overhead fixtures.
Clear or white, these round bulbs are sized for lighted vanities as well as decorative indoor and outdoor lantern-type lighting.
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