Swirl-shaped compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs have become a common household sight. CFLs sip energy and put out less heat than traditional light bulbs, but their popularity could hit the skids now that alternative bulbs can deliver softer lighting along with deep energy savings.
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) bulbs have been developed that offer a warm yellowish glow like older, traditional bulbs. Unlike their harsher-toned CFLs counterparts, these energy efficient bulbs can be dimmed and contain no hazardous mercury.
One writer from Slate was so impressed with the long-term savings and warm glow available from new LED offerings that he went out and spent $40 on a pair of bulbs.
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New light bulb standards are coming.