Shopping guide helps you choose the right bulb

Thursday, October 05, 2017


Confused by some of the new lightbulb products? A new guide is available to help narrow your choices. The California Lighting Technology Center, a not-for-profit research, development and demonstration facility dedicated to energy-efficient lighting, just released a new, free PDF guide, How to Choose the Right Light, which contains tips including:

  • Replacing a traditional 60 W incandescent light bulb? Select a light source that produces 800 lumens or more.
  • Shopping for your home? Pick a light source with a correlated color temperature (CCT) in the residential range of 2,700 K to 3,000 K.
  • Pick a light source that will last at least 10,000 hours (or about nine years) and has a warranty of at least five years.
  • Make sure to choose a dimmable light source that is compatible with your dimmers.

There's also a PDF "pocket guide"concise enough to refer to while shopping. The pocket guide is designed to be printed, trimmed and folded to fit in your pocket, purse or wallet so it can assist you in the lighting aisle! 

How to Choose the Right Light was developed by the California Lighting Technology Center in partnership with the California Energy Commission.  



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