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Old 05-12-2009, 09:19 AM   #1
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I have a lot of recessed lighting in my new home. The living, dinning & bedrooms all have recessed lighting. What are the best energy efficient bulbs to get?

Also, what are the best bulbs to get for the exterior & bath fixtures?

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Old 05-12-2009, 09:29 AM   #2
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I use CFL bulbs almost everywhere

They have different brightness/color & wattages
I have found the Daylight bulb sfrom Lowes - Bright Effects - to be the best as far as color
We still use the normal color bulbs in a lot of places

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How do I determine what brightness, color & wattage to use?
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We started with all "normal" CFL bulbs - maybe 3000-3300k on the light spectrum

We then bought some Daylight bulbs at Home Depot
Around 5000k

Then I found 6200K bulbs at Lowes

Most of our bulbs are the normal bulbs
Main room has the Lowes 6200K bulb
Bathroom & some other rooms have the HD 5000K bulbs

Lighting is up to to each person, and depends upon the area
Some like softer light, some like the white brighter light

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You really need to try a few different types of bulbs to find which you prefer in different areas. The equivalent incandescent wattage is usually listed on the package. I usually move up one size from the incandescent I am replacing. Example - Replace a 50 or 60 watt incandescent with the 75 watt equivalent CFL. You can check the lumen rating on the bulbs to be sure you are getting the same amount of light and round up to the next rating. I move up a size because as CFL ages it will dim slightly and most of this dimming seem to occur in the first few hundred hours of use.

Most of the bulbs in my home are CFL or fluorescent tube fixtures. There was a noticeable reduction in the electric bill switching to CFL and fluorescent tubes. I suspect the greatest saving with CFL will be in warmer areas where the home requires more heating than cooling. Our basement has 38 recessed lights 65 watt incandescent vs. 14 watt CFL and the rooms above stay noticeable cooler with the CFLs.

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Wow Scuba Dave. Nice graphic.

I was glad to learn that you can get CFL bulbs that are not the twirly shape. They come in all standard bulb shapes too!

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