The Bright Future of Lighting
With stricter energy requirements and improved light technology, we all may be switching to CFLs and LEDs.
Synopsis: Thanks to technological advancements and a growing interest in energy-saving devices, compact fluorescents (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are making headway in the world of lighting, and both are viable contenders to make inroads in a marketplace long dominated by incandescents. CFLs are available as replacement bulbs for every application and provide multidirectional light for ambient, task, and decorative fixtures. One downside to CFLs is that they contain a small amount of mercury; CFL-recycling programs are available. LEDs are a directional lighting source, and also work well in ambient, task, and decorative fixtures. Savvy homeowners may find that a mix of CFL and LED bulbs will provide the best solution to household-lighting needs. This article includes sidebars on light color and light efficacy.
Although still a relatively small slice of the incandescent dominated lighting market, energy-efficient compact fluorescents (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have gained traction over the past…