Did you make the switch to energy efficient light bulbs thinking they would outshine incandescents in more than one way, only to be dissatisfied? You aren’t the only one. A study by Consumer Reports found that the top four letdowns associated with LED and CFL bulbs are:
- Dim bulbs. Check the lighting facts label on the packages of CFLs and LEDs and purchase those with more lumens.
- Weird light color. The higher the Kelvin (K) number the cooler the light will appear. To replicate the warm light of an incandescent choose a CFL or LED marked with at least 2700K.
- Unflattering light. Choose bulbs with a higher color rendering index or CRI; it indicates how accurately a lightbulb displays colors and the higher the better.
- Early burnout. Return the bulb to the retailer or contact the manufacturer and when replacing it be sure the bulb can be used in the fixture. Putting a CFL or LED in an inappropriate fixture can shorten its life.