If you've bought light bulbs lately, you probably noticed plain old incandescent bulbs are in the minority.
Today compact fluorescence and halogen bulbs are two popular alternatives because they last longer and produce much more light than their incandescent counterparts.
Until recently, consumers have been used to buying a particular wattage bulb, say 60, 75 or 100 watts. But that measure really doesn't apply for the newer super-efficient bulbs. Instead you should start looking at the number of lumens a bulb provides. Lumens are a measure of light. Watts measure the electricity used -- and the more lumens you get with fewer watts is your clear winner every time.
Energy-efficiency reduces electric bills and the whiter and brighter light of compact fluorescence and halogen bulbs is better for kitchens and bathrooms. It brightens home offices, too. Shop lumens and you'll see the light.
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