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Money Saving Lightbulb Comparison

Standard incandescent bulb

The nation’s most-used bulb is 60 watts; under its light, colors look true and natural, and the bulb turns on instantly.

Energy use: 60 watts

Lifetime: 1,500 hours

Light level: 800 lumens

Color rendering index (color accuracy): 100

LED soft-white floodlight

Made to replace a 65-watt floodlight, this bulb by Ecosmart emits no heat and features integrated trim for use in recessed lighting fixtures.

Energy use: 10.5 watts

Lifetime: 35,000 hours, or 20 years

Light level: 575 lumens

CRI: 92

Estimated lifetime energy savings: $200

True Color CFL

Among the top-rated 60-watt equivalents, this Ecosmart CFL turns on instantly and uses 70 percent less mercury than standard CFLs.

Energy use: 14 watts

Lifetime: 10,000 hours, or nine years

Light level: 650 lumens

CRI: 85

Estimated lifetime energy savings: $55

A19 daylight CFL

Made by Ecosmart, this 60-watt-equivalent bulb contains 70 percent less mercury than standard CFLs.

Energy use: 14 watts

Lifetime: 8,000 hours, or seven years

Light level: 700 lumens

CRI: 80

Estimated lifetime energy savings: $44

LED bright white A19

Made to replace a 40-watt bulb, this Ecosmart LED will last longer than most of your home’s appliances.

Energy use: 9 watts

Lifetime: 50,000 hours, or 46 years

Light level: 429 lumens

CRI: 85

Estimated lifetime energy savings: $200

Ambient LED

Made by Philips to replace the 60-watt bulb, this dimmable LED has an orange top that turns white when lit.

Energy use: 12.5 watts

Lifetime: 25,000 hours or 15 years

Light level: 800 lumens

CRI: 80

Estimated lifetime energy savings: $142.50

Halogena Energy Saver

A lot like a standard 60-watt bulb while saving 30 percent in energy costs, this top-rated Philips bulb contains no mercury and is fully dimmable.

Energy use: 40 watts

Lifetime: 3,000 hours, or two years

Light level: 800 lumens

CRI: 100

Estimated lifetime energy savings: $55

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