Energy 101: How to choose a light bulb (Video)
When buying light bulbs, compare lumens to get the right amount light for each use.
In the past, people purchased light bulbs based on how many watts they used. But the energy saving light bulbs now available use up to 80 percent less power yet provide the same amount of light. So it makes more sense to buy bulbs based on how much light they provide.
So use lumens as the measure of brightness. By knowing how many lumens are needed it's possible to buy just the right bulb for any spot in your home.
The more lumens, the brighter the light. This video from the U.S. Department of Energy helps decipher the new packaging:
Read more about Energy-Efficient Lighting.
Companies: U.S. Department of Energy
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