When was the last time you shopped for a light bulb? It used to be easy and mindless - and you could buy bulbs, 4 to a pack for very cheap. NOW, they are heavy, and expensive plus it's always a gamble as to how long they will last. I've bought some that were to last 10 years (and I paid for it) that died after 18 mos. Of course I lost the receipt to get my money back.
>>>> CHEAP LESSON THERE - SAVE YOUR RECEIPTS! <<<<
So with everything else in life, our light bulbs have changed. I used to hate those ugly curly new fangled ones they have out now - on the most part I do appreciate their energy efficiency.
Lumens instead of Watts
So how do you buy one? We used to buy them according to how many wattage it took to run them. Lower wattage meant less energy. That isn't the case with the new
CFL's. It's how much LIGHT do you want. (Hmmm is that is why my living room is so dark? ) The higher the lumen, the BRIGHTER your light. For a 100W bulb, replace with 1600 lumens.
This January, 75W bulbs officially became non-compliant with EISA standards and come January 2014, we'll lose the 40W and 60W.