As the United States government begins phasing out 100-wat incandescent light bulbs in January 2012, the race is on for the next big thing in lighting.
LED light bulbs are getting the most attention these days, with many people lauding their low energy usage and generous lighting output. You can buy LED bulbs like compact fluorescent globes if required.
Of course, there are other alternatives out there, and this article will look at the top 3 on the market.
Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are currently the most popular alternative to incandescent light bulbs, costing as little as $1.00 to $4.00 each.
Most, if not all, CFLs on the market use more than 75% less energy than their incandescent counterparts, producing the same lighting strength while keeping one's electric bill low. Most CFLs are also rated to last more than 8,000 hours.
However, CFLs contain small traces of mercury, which are enough to be a danger to children and pets. Recycling CFLs can also be a tricky process.
LED (light-emitting diode) light bulbs are highly efficient devices. Each normal-looking bulb comprises dozens of diodes, which together, produce a generous level of lighting.
LED bulbs are astonishingly energy-efficient, using as little as 10 watts of electricity, generating the same lighting strength as that of a 60-watt incandescent bulb.
Roy Johnson and his fellow designers however believe that LEDs are poised to be the next standard in lighting. They use little power, don't generate high heat levels, and last for decades.
The best part is that the technology has far from peaked, so only time can tell what LEDs will be like in the not-so-distant future.