Undated (WXOW) - Say goodbye to your old light bulbs. The 2007 Energy Law has mandated that manufacturers must start making incandescent light bulbs at least 27 percent more efficient by 2014.
In 2012, manufacturers started phasing out 100-watt incandescent bulbs, followed by 75-watt bulbs in 2013 and 40 and 60-watt bulbs in 2014.
The most common alternatives to incandescent light bulbs are CFL's and LED's.
CFL's only need one-fifth to one-third the electricity of incandescent to produce the same amount of light and last about ten times as long.
LED's are up to 85 percent more efficient than incandescent and 10 percent more efficient than CFL's.
While energy-efficient light bulbs last longer, they do cost more than incandescent.
"When you look at total life of that bulb versus what you paid for that bulb versus what the amount of energy that bulb is using, these are much cheaper," said Bob Nuss,Managing Director, GoodCents. "So the tradeoff there is if you want to keep your old incandescent light bulbs you're going to pay more and change them out more. They are going to create more heat in your home as well."
Lighting is one of the top energy users in the home so when shopping for light bulbs check how much energy the bulb uses because that will have an impact on your electric bill.
If you're looking to switch over your light bulbs, but can't make them work in existing lamps or fixtures, Angie's List recommends consulting with a licensed electrician or lighting professional.
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