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Posted Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Yonkers, NY – Simply screwing in one of Consumer Reports’ top-rated LED lightbulbs could save consumers about $125 in electricity over the bulb’s life.
January 1, 2014 marks the date when most screw-in incandescent light bulbs will be phased out because they use too much energy. Standard 60- and 40-watt bulbs are the last to be phased out, though remaining stock can be sold. Seventy-five- and 100-watt bulbs faded away over the past two years.
The good news for consumers is that compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and light-emitting diode bulbs (LEDs) use 75 to 80 percent less energy, and can save consumers $60 to $125 dollars per bulb, compared with a traditional 60-watt incandescent.
Consumer Reports’ Best Buys for bulbs this year include the Utilitech A19 LED at Lowe’s ($20.00) and Great Value 14W CFL at Walmart ($1.25).
Consumer Reports October issue cover story includes ratings of dozens of different types of LED and CFL bulbs. The report also features a room-by-room guide to choosing the best LEDs and CFLs, and a clip-and-save lightbulb buying guide that you can take shopping. The guide explains the lightbulb lingo you’ll see on packaging, and the pros and cons of LED, CFL and halogen bulbs.
Some LEDs can be expensive to buy, up to $60 each for some floodlights in the Consumer Reports’ ratings. Even at that price, these bulbs can still save consumers about $170 over a lifetime compared with a similar incandescent. Additionally, CR found that manufacturers are making more affordable LEDs these days, including several models that cost $20 or less.
The full report and complete lightbulb ratings are available online now at www.ConsumerReports.org and in the October issue of Consumer Reports.
Tips to Finding the Right Bulb for Every Room
Getting lighting right can be tricky so Consumer Reports has identified the best bulb for every room, and has tips to help consumers save money and energy on lighting too.
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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