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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has recently announced that there will be a new labeling system for all light bulbs that will start appearing on packaging in approximately one year. This new system is designed to make it simpler for consumers to understand the different types of light bulb options that are available to them. This is terrific since we are seeing an increasingly broad range of different lights with their own benefits and drawbacks. However, you do have to be able to understand what you’re reading on the labels or the information won’t be of much use to you. This guide should help you to get a solid grasp on that important information.

Basics About the New Labeling

The new labeling will help you to better understand the options that you have for buying light bulbs. The labeling will appear on traditional incandescent light bulbs, compact fluorescent light bulbs and the increasingly popular LED light bulbs. These bulbs all have their pros and cons; being able to read the labels accurately will allow you to choose the right bulbs for each of the different light fixtures in your home. The new labeling will include front-of-package labeling with information about brightness and cost of the bulbs as well as in-depth back-of-package labeling (described below).

Why It Matters That You Choose the Right Light Bulbs

If you select the best light bulb for each of your home lighting needs then you can achieve the following benefits:

  • Save money. Cheaper light bulbs are appropriate in some places in the home. Longer-lasting light bulbs that save more money over time are appropriate in other places. Choosing the best bulb for each fixture allows you to save the most money on your lighting.
  • Save energy. Selecting the most energy-efficient light bulbs for your home will allow you to conserve energy. This green action can further save you money on your electricity bills.
  • Obtain ideal lighting. The right light bulbs will provide high-quality lighting for your home, making it more comfortable and more aesthetically pleasing.

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Some LED lights have been available since the 1960’s but they’re only just starting to become truly popular for residential lighting. Perhaps that’s because the recession has forced people to look at ways of saving money all throughout the home. There are at least 10 ways that LED lights save you money compared with incandescent bulbs or even compact fluorescent bulbs.

1.    Your energy bills are lower. LED lights are super energy-efficient. They use approximately 90% less energy than incandescent light bulbs. They also use less energy than CFL bulbs. They reduce home electricity costs immediately and can save you a large sum of money over time.

2.    LED lights don’t need to be replaced very often. These bulbs can last about ten years before you need to buy new ones. Although more expensive initially, they are lower-cost in the long run since they are long lasting.

3.    LED lights are usually under warranty. They’re covered for 3-5 years. Your regular light bulbs don’t have a warranty.

4.    Replacement due to damage is rare. These lights are rugged so it’s tough to damage them. They are great for areas of the home, such as the basement, where there are frequent thermal and vibrational shocks that can ruin other lighting over time.

5.    They offer the best one-direction lighting. This means you need fewer bulbs in many areas of the home. This also means that they are the most efficient bulbs for recessed downlights, which are used to create ambient lighting in areas light the bathroom and kitchen. Multi-directional lights end up wasting more than half of their energy inside of these fixtures whereas LED lights are very efficient here.

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LED lights are one of the hottest trends in lighting right now. This is due in part to the fact that they save you a lot of money over time since they are highly energy-efficient and last for nearly a decade. However, some people are wary of purchasing LED lights because of the fact that their initial cost is higher than that of traditional bulbs. Luckily, there are things that you can do to save money when buying LED lights.

First of all, there’s some good news about LED light fixtures. Their cost is coming down. In the past, LED lights were created on pricey materials (like sapphire). New technological advances in recent years have made it possible to make LED lights with more affordable materials (like silicon). These advances are driven by the increased demand for LED lights in the market. New advances will likely be discovered, driving down the cost of LED lights even more.

Stylish-yet-affordable LED lighting options do already exist. For example, take a look at this LED desk lamp that provides great energy-efficient desk lighting for less than $70. Or double that price and get this great table lamp that has a flat clear glass top which can be used as a table.

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