Planet Earth in light bulb

Now that the 40- and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs have gone the way of the Dodo bird, thanks to federal legislation, many who clung to their old favorites are being forced to look into some of the new options on the market. And, oh, how that market has changed in recent years.

If you’re still waiting to “see the light,” as it were, with the energy-efficient options out there, this infographic from Batteries Plus Bulbs — the nation’s largest specialty retailer for batteries and light bulbs — lays out some facts you’ll want to know. Consider that if you have a newborn today (if that’s the case, congrats!), you can save up to $6,500 by switching to LEDs by the time your bundle of joy turns 18. College isn’t getting any cheaper, so you’ll be thankful for the extra pocket cash when that time rolls around.

Nearly 70 percent of the light bulb sockets in the U.S. still contain inefficient light bulbs, but you can change that — take a look at the info below (click on the infographic to enlarge it for easier reading) and get up to speed on watts vs. lumens, reading bulb labels, estimating life-span and more.

Energy-efficient light bulbs infographic
Source: Batteries + Bulbs

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Feature image by PIRO4D from Pixabay

By Haley Shapley

Haley Shapley is based in Seattle, where recycling is just as cool as Macklemore, walking in the rain without an umbrella, and eating locally sourced food. She writes for a wide range of publications, covering everything from sustainability to fitness to travel. Read more of her work here.