Top 4 Energy Efficient Light Bulb Letdowns
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.