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Rob Kaufman: "As you write specs on new and replacement projects, fluorescents are available in a range of shapes and styles. The savings is significant. In bulb life alone, a 60-watt incandescent lasts about 1,000 hours. A 15-watt CFL, which is of equal brightness, will last approximately 10,000 hours.
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(with thanks to New York magazine: "Nothing but Green Lights," by Jenni Avins, February 13.)
"New energy-efficiency laws have led to scores of new lightbulbs . . . Industry-wide, bulbs are now being labeled in lumens. The brightness we expect from a 100-watt bulb, 1,600 lumens, can now be achieved with as few as 23 watts."
"Classic Incandescents: short life, many won't meet new lumens-per-watt standards. Cost: 60-watts for less than a dollar. Between replacing and energy cost, most expensive.
"Halogen Incandescents: last two to three times as long as classics, burn brighter, nowhere as green as CFLs. Cost: slightly more than classic.
"CFL: compact fluorescents last ten times as long as classics and use 1/4 the energy. They contain mercury so recycle them at Home Depot. They're warmer than they used to be and don't flicker. Cost: several dollars, very efficient, long life.
"LED: Light-emitting diodes are found in televisions, watches and iPhones too. They last 25 times longer than classic bulbs. They're highly efficient and will cut bills by 80%. They're bright and best for hard-to-reach fixtures." Energy efficient lighting by the numbers
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