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As incandescent bulbs are phased out, more LEDs come to market with reduced prices and more choices
YONKERS, N.Y., Dec. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The incandescent bulb's days are numbered; by January 1, 2014, most will have been phased out. And a typical 60-watt bulb costs more than three times as much per year to run as a similar LED bulb. The preliminary findings of Consumer Reports latest tests show that the newest and least expensive LEDs are shining bright.
All of the newer, more affordable bulbs tested by Consumer Reports were as bright as or brighter than claimed, and the light color matched what was claimed. Some utilities even offer in-store rebate coupons that knock up to $10 off an LED's price. When shopping for LED bulbs, keep this in mind: lumens indicate brightness and the Kelvin number is crucial in determining the color of light given off by the bulb.
The Best LED Bulbs for Different Fixtures
Consumer Reports advises shoppers to pay attention, as there are still expensive bulbs being offered. Here are some less expensive, LED options that impressed the experts:
The full report on LED lightbulbs, which includes additional lightbulb recommendations is featured in the January 2014 issue of Consumer Reports and at www.ConsumerReports.org.
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