The array of lighting choices consumers gave today can be confusing, and frustrating. So Special Correspondent Daniel Sieberg, our gadget and technology expert, tries to shed new light on the situation by comparing the different types of bulbs in a studio demonstration with Anchor Thalia Assuras.
Daniel demonstrates several different types of LED, compact fluorescent, halogen and even a hybrid light bulb. He rates them on their cost, brightness, the type of light they produce and how fast they turn on.
Daniel found the light from a Phillips 60-watt equivalent ambient bulb to be “warm and buttery.” The bulb comes on instantly and costs about $40.
The EcoSmart 40-watt equivalent LED bulb costs about $18 and also comes on instantly. Daniel found the light it emits to be more like that of a spot light.
The General Electric Energy Star 40-watt equivalent bulb costs about $35 and also comes on instantly. But Daniel found the light to be not as warm as other bulbs and also found the design, with fins on the outside, to be unusual.
General Electric's 75-watt equivalent CFL costs less than $7. But it takes a little while to warm up and Daniel found that many people believe the light is harsh and gray.
The Philips EcoVantage 60-watt equivalent incandescent bulb also costs less than $7, comes on immediately and produces the same light as a traditional incandescent bulb. It also uses only 43 watts of electricity, meeting the new efficiency standards for bulbs.
The Philips Halogena 60-watt equivalent halogen incandescent bulb costs about $9, but it uses only 40 watts. The light is warm and evenly distributed.
The GE Energy Smart Halogen CFL hybrid 15-watt hasn't hit the market yet, so its cost is undetermined. The halogen light keeps the bulb bright until the CFL warms up. Daniel found that the light has a fairly warm glow.