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Posted Wednesday, December 11, 2013
As incandescent bulbs are phased out, more LEDs come to market with reduced prices and more choices
Yonkers, NY – The incandescent bulb’s days are numbered; by January 1, 2014, most will have been phased out. And a typical 60-watt bulb costs more than three times as much per year to run as a similar LED blub. The preliminary findings of Consumer Reports latest tests show that the newest and least expensive LEDs are shining bright.
All of the newer, more affordable bulbs tested by Consumer Reports were as bright as or brighter than claimed, and the light color matched what was claimed. Some utilities even offer in-store rebate coupons that knock up to $10 off an LED’s price. When shopping for LED bulbs, keep this in mind: lumens indicate brightness and the Kelvin number is crucial in determining the color of light given off by the bulb.
The Best LED Blubs for Different Fixtures
Consumer Reports advises shoppers to pay attention, as there are still expensive bulbs being offered. Here are some less expensive, LED options that impressed the experts:
The full report on LED lightbulbs, which includes additional lightbulb recommendations is featured in the January 2014 issue of Consumer Reports and at www.ConsumerReports.org.
Consumer Reports is the world’s largest independent product-testing organization. Using its more than 50 labs, auto test center, and survey research center, the nonprofit rates thousands of products and services annually. Founded in 1936, Consumer Reports has over 8 million subscribers to its magazine, website and other publications. Its advocacy division, Consumers Union, works for health reform, product safety, financial reform, and other consumer issues in Washington, D.C., the states, and in the marketplace.
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