Phyllis Theermann

As the nights get longer, the amount of energy that we use for lighting increases significantly

Many of us have changed some of the bulbs in our houses but sometimes we get stuck with an unusual bulb type or buy one that has poor color. Dont dispair, many of the bulbs that used to be hard to find such as recessed can flood bulbs can now be found in many stores (try local first!). Another good source is

Here are some favorites.  The bulbs in the pendant and shaded fixtures are 5 watts each, enough to light a kitchen/family room with 25-40watts total lighting.

dimmable Pendant bulb                 Candelabra bulb                  Torpedo bulb 14watts

Each of the above bulbs is enclosed so that the spiral is not seen and therefore need about 1-2 minutes to reach full brightness, but offer warm white light with pleasing aesthetics and 75% reduced energy use.

A few things to watch out for:

  • Only bulbs marked “dimmable” or “three-way” can be used in dimmable or three way fixtures.
  • Electronic light switches with fade-on / fade-off switching do not work well with CFL
  • Many enclosed CFL require 1-2 minutes to come up to full brightness.

**from – An ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) will save about $30 over its lifetime and pay for itself in about 6 months. It uses 75 percent less energy and lasts about 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb.