“I still have people that complain they want the old-fashioned soft lighting,” of the 100- and 75-watt incandescent bulbs, banned since 2012 and 2013 respectively.
Padgett said once the initial anger at the loss of the lower watt incandescent bulbs dims people will realize although they pay a higher bulb price they will save money in the long run.
“Newer bulbs are supposed to last a long, long time and be more efficient,” so the initial cost is offset by longevity and savings on the electric bill.
Compact fluorescent lights (CFL), “The twisty, ugly ones, are less expensive,” and Padgett said they are hidden when installed in lamps and light fixtures.
Now consumers have essentially two sound choices, CFL and LED bulbs.
The earliest “twisty, ugly” CFLs turned people off with their low light and slowness to come on, but they now come on instantly-albeit full brightness might take a minute-and produce a good light quality. They’re also fairly cheap (about $1.25 to $2.50 each for a 60-watt equivalent) and with normal use last approximately nine years. Not only do they use less energy but also burn cooler than incandescents but check the packaging to make sure you can use them outside if that’s what you want to do. They do contain a trace of mercury.
Light emitting diodes (LED) are gaining popularity and can last so long they might outlive you. Energy Star LED lights are guaranteed to last 25,000 hours, almost 23 years with normal use. They’re also slightly more energy-efficient than CFLs, using 10 watts of electricity to produce the light of an old-style 60-watt bulb. They’re cool to the touch but still fairly expensive, starting at about $10 although brighter bulbs still cost $30 to $40 each.
“We know the new bulbs are more expensive but they will last so much longer and lower the monthly electric bill,” said Padgett.
“We’ll work with our customers to find comparable bulbs and what meets their needs...if they want softer lighting we can give them that. We are looking forward to helping them find the perfect bulb.”