Goody Green: Better Bulbs

bulb1First, there were incandescent lightbulbs. Then, more efficient CFLs stole the show. But now’s there an even more eco-friendly light in town – the LED. They’ve been popping up in our homes around the holidays in the form of twinkle lights for a few years now, but LEDs are just starting to make their way into our living room lamps and front porch light fixtures. Shaped like traditional incandescent bulbs, these 6 Watt LEDs by Pharox pack 25 years (yes, years!) of warm white light and are lead- and mercury-free, so they’re much safer for the environment and our homes. Plus, they can be recycled! The catch? Each bulb costs nearly $50. But if you’re willing to shell out now, you can save up to $237 over the lifetime of the bulb. No need to replace every light in your home in one shot, but you should start now because in 2012, the United States plans to begin the phase-out of incandescent bulbs. As a bulb dies, replace it with an LED and you can save money and help keep traditional light bulbs from clogging our landfills and poisoning the planet. Now, that’s a bright idea!

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