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Smart Light. From the new generation of CFL and LED bulbs that stay cool and glow warm. From holiday strings, solar outdoor lights and headlamps: find energy-efficient lighting solutions that make our houses glow just the way we like them to, when we want them to, without stealing our pocket money.

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Cree LR6 Dimmable LED Fixture

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$110.00

Finally! Dimmable Recessed Long-Lasting LED Lighting! Bring it on, prize winner!

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Lutron Diva Dimmer

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$55.00

An elegant dimmer switch compatible with compact florescent (CFL) lighting.

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LightWedge LED Paperback Book Light

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$29.95

Take this book... and read it! (In the dark)

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MaxLite Candelabra LED Candle

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$25.50

Candelabra: old elegance. LED Candle: new beauty. Nice mix.

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Leviton Programmable CFL SureSlide Wall Switch Dimmer

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Regular Price: $62.95Special Price: $57.00

A simple, elegant dimmer switch for use with CFL bulbs.

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Sylvania Silver DOT-it

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$10.75

Compact, very bright LED bulbs stick and re-stick, providing light when and where you need it.

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Brinkmann Solar Accent Light

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$22.95

Nice Garden! Even at night. Sweet LED solar lights are completely self-sufficient and beautiful.

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TCP 14w LED Dimmable Recessed Retrofit Light 6"

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$30.00

Efficient.  Dimmable.  Long-lasting.

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GE Reveal® CFL (10w, 13w, 20w, 26w)

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Regular Price: $8.49Special Price: $6.50

The “High Def” CFL – The GE  Reveal® CFL stacks up favorably against the best CFLs and rivals traditional incandescent light bulbs, providing superior light quality for home and office environments.

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TCP 14w LED Dimmable Recessed Retrofit Light 4"

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$30.00

Efficient.  Cost-effective.  Long-lasting.

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Lighting Buyers Guide

Easy Switch. Beautiful change. Making the move to Energy-smart lighting.

What’s the problem with those good old “I’ve got an idea!” shaped incandescent bulbs? Plenty, it turns out. For starters, they are hot heads. They are expensive, because they are short-lived, and they use up more power than they have a right to. Our strong recommendation: replace those old energy hogs now.

The good news is that moving to efficient bulbs has never been easier. CFL (compact florescent lights), are designed to fit into the same light sockets as incandescent bulbs. They have come a long way from the slow-building, flickering, then blinding CFLs of the past. Many emit the warm light we prefer in our homes. And with the benefit of dimmable technology, we can use them anywhere we used to use incandescents. We love them because they last a long time and they are a very easy way to save money on our utility bill. In addition to indoor spiral bulbs, CFLs are available in traditional bulb shape, and reflectors.

Food for thought: We know that dimming incandescent bulbs by a quarter can save you 20%, and if you dim them by half, you move into 40% savings territory. Now think dimmable CFLs, and the savings multiply big time. And it goes without saying that dimmable CFLs provide that glowing soft light that helps make home feel... like home.

When assessing which bulbs to buy, look for these qualities:

CRI (Color Rendering Index). On a scale of 1-100, CRI rates a bulb’s ability to show the true color of an object. Sunlight scores 100. We like bulbs with CRI of 80 or higher.

Color Temperature. Most home owners aim for “warm” light. The higher this number is, the colder, or whiter, the light is. Office lights score 4,000* Kelvin, for example. Our old incandescents score about 2,800*Kelvin. A bulb in the 2,600-3,000 range works for us.

Average rated lifetime. This measure is provided in hours. A year is comprised of 8,760 hours. Most lamps are on a small percentage of that time. You can expect a 10,000 hour bulb to last about 3 years in our experience.

Lumen. Lumen measures how much light a bulb gives off. The soft light of an old 60 watt bulb gives off 840 lumens. Manufacturer equivalency varies, but this chart should give you an idea:

CFL Wattage Approx. Incandescent Equivalent Lumens
11w 40w 600
13w 50w 750
15w 60w 900
20w 75w 1200
23w 90w 1400
26w 100w 1700
38w 150w 2700
55w 250w 3900
70w 300w 4600

As you shop, look for low mercury options. (CFLs all contain some mercury). And embrace the savings. You won't be replacing these bulbs for a long long time, and you'll hear the sound of quarters dropping into your piggy bank every month you go without incandescents. That's good value. And we're not even counting the Karma.