LED Light Bulbs

Consumer Reports' Kimberly Janeway is evaluating some of the latest LED bulbs in her home. She thinks objects look pretty good under this light.

Kimberly says, "You want a lightbulb that's as close to the incandescent. It has warm color. This LED happens to be a lot like that."

Consumer Reports also put a variety of LED bulbs through tests in its labs. These bulbs are very expensive - anywhere from $17 for this table lamp bulb to more than $60 for this floodlight.

Bob Markovich with Consumer Reports says, "Even with an LED's high cost, you can still save 100 dollars or more over its life compared to a standard incandescent." (super)

And LEDs last longer. These have been burning continuously for nearly 9,000 hours. Incandescents only last 1 to 2,000 hours.

Bob believes, "LEDs have some distinct advantages over CFLs. They reach full brightness instantly, and some are also better at dimming."

But not all LEDs are good at distributing light. See how this Sylvania 60-watt Ultra LED shines most of its light up towards the ceiling. It doesn't give you much light to read under.

Far better for table or floor lamps, this $40 Philips Ambient. It's the equivalent of a 60-watt incandescent bulb and claims to last almost 23 years.

And for outdoor floodlights, try this EcoSmart Par 38 for $45. It promises to last even longer.

If you replace an incandescent bulb with an LED, Consumer Reports says it will take four to ten years before you recoup the costs and start saving.

CFLs cost much less and will save you money much sooner. And Consumer Reports' latest tests show they've improved. We'll have those test results on CFLs next time.

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