New Light Bulb Efficiency Guidelines

by Benjamin Roman •

There has been much discussion in the media lately (including a fair amount of misinformation) regarding the phase-out of traditional incandescent light bulbs in the United States.  Read on to separate the reality from the hype, and to learn more about efficient lighting technologies that will save energy and cut your power bills.

Dimmable Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

by Justin Thomas •

Dimmable compact fluorescents are available, they are usually made with “cold cathode” technology. You can find dimmable bulbs here on Amazon. There’s a 12 pack available here, and a dimmable compact fluorescent spotlight here. 1000 Bulbs also sells a wide range of dimmable compact fluorescent bulbs


12V Compact Fluorescents (15 or 23 Watt)

by Justin Thomas •

This is a meta-efficient bulb because it is a 12V compact fluorescent. Available in 15-watts, equal to a 60-watt incandescent (880 lumens), or 23-watts, equal to a 100-watt incandescent (1350 lumens). These lights have a warm color (2700K), operate at 14° to 130°, and measure 5.2"L x 2.1" diameter.

11 Watt Compact Fluorescent 120V

by Justin Thomas •

The equivalent of 60W incandescent bulb, but emits full spectrum light similar to daylight, uses only 11W. Available from: Gaiam.Com ($9)

Three-Way Compact Fluorescent 120V

by Justin Thomas •

Three-way compact fluorescents are now available. This bulb offers the warm glow of an incandescent in three different wattages: 11, 22 and 33 watts, comparable to 40, 75 and 115 watt of a standard bulb. Available from: Amazon ($11.90)


23 Watt Dimmable Compact Fluorescent 120V

by Justin Thomas •

A compact fluorescent that works works with most standard dimmers. Equivalent to a 90W incandescent bulb. Available from: Amazon for about $14. Also available is a 15W bulb.

SolarLED: Rechargeable Solar Lantern

by Justin Thomas •

This system features a flexible solar panel, a fluorescent lantern, and a rechargeable battery that lasts for 6 hours. Best Price: $39.95 (SurplusLED.COM)