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Dulley's Money-Saving Tip #1136

Avoid long-life incandescent light bulbs

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Long-life incandescent light bulbs are less efficient that standard-life light bulbs. Efficiency is measured by how much electricity (wattage) that a light bulb uses as compared to the amount of light (lumens) that it produces. Long-life bulbs have an extra heavy filament inside, so it consumes more electric current.

If you have a light fixture that is difficult to reach, instead of installing a long-life incandescent light bulb, install a compact fluorescent light bulb. These bulbs last about 10 times longer than a standard bulb. The only time to use a long-life incandescent bulb is if the fixture is very small and a compact fluorescent bulb will not fit inside it.