CFL vs. LED: Choose the Right Efficient Lighting Option for You

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CFL and LED bulbs use up to 80 percent less energy than their incandescent counterparts and can last up to 25 times longer. You may have also heard about the phase out of incandescent bulbs, which began with the 100-watt bulb last year.

But if you’re unfamiliar with newer bulb models, the lighting aisle at your local home improvement store can be a bit intimidating at first. Which bulb is the most cost effective? Which works better? And most importantly, which will save the most energy?

Earth911 sat down with Taylor Jantz-Sell, lighting program manager for the EPA’s Energy Star program, to get to the bottom of your most pressing questions about CFLs and LEDs and help you choose the right option for your needs and budget.

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Mary Mazzoni

Mary Mazzoni

Mary is a lifelong vegetarian and enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, biking and relaxing in the park. When she’s not outside, she’s probably watching baseball. She is a former assistant editor for Earth911.
Mary Mazzoni