If you’re missing the bright light your old incandescent bulbs provided, you’re not alone. Those compact fluorescent bulbs, or CFLs, are much better for the environment, but they just don’t seem to emit that bright light we’re used to! Fear not, there is an energy efficient option that is also bright: LED bulbs.
You can find these in Christmas lights, flashlights, and even traffic signals. They last a lot longer than incandescent bulbs and even longer than CFL bulbs! And LED bulbs now come in color options, so if you don’t like the bluish tint common with LED’s you can now choose a warm yellow hue. You’ll spend a little more money up front for the LED option, but you’ll save in the long run because LED’s last so long and use a lot less energy over time. You can find LED bulbs at just about all hardware stores these days and they come in many sizes and options like outdoor flood lights as well as your basic indoor fixture bulb. Start replacing bulbs a few at a time in your most heavily used fixtures to avoid the initial sticker shock.