Lighting Options

GE. Considered replacements for 60-watt and 75-watt incandescents, GE’s hybrid halogen-CFL bulb takes the shape of a traditional incandescent bulb but is as energy efficient as the longer-lasting CFL, says the firm. Inside a CFL tube is a small halogen capsule that the manufacturer says makes the light brighter than a CFL and allows it to operate within half a second of turning on. The capsule shuts off once the CFL comes to full brightness. The bulbs contain less than 1 milligram of mercury and last about 8,000 hours, the maker says. 800.435.4448.

Philips. Designed as a replacement for a 60-watt incandescent light bulb, the 12-watt EnduraLED looks similar to the familiar incandescent A19 bulb and screws into any standard light fixture. The manufacturer says the bulb uses 80% less energy than a traditional incandescent bulb and will last 25 times longer. The bulb delivers the same soft, white light as the incandescent bulb it replaces and works with standard household dimmers, the maker claims. 800.555.0050.

Sylvania. Halogen Supersavers (left) are part of the incandescent family of light bulbs but are designed as a higher-efficiency replacement for the most-commonly used 60-watt model. The new bulbs are available in the familiar A19 shape. The halogen capsule allows higher lamp efficacy and saves up to one-third of the energy of a traditional incandescent bulb, the manufacturer claims. Also pictured: the Living Spaces CFL and the Ultra LED Retrofit Dimmable Aline bulb. Both screw into any traditional light fixture. 800.544.4828.

Progress Lighting. The P8071-STR is an Energy Star-compliant recessed LED downlight that features a minimum 50,000-hour life at 70% lumen maintenance. The product also complies with California Title 24 and is designed to reduce the need for maintenance and service costs over its lifetime, the manufacturer says. 864.678.1000.

Kichler. Design Pro LED rail lights incorporate tiny LED chips that use 75% less electricity than typical incandescent lighting. The LEDs in the fixtures, which mount into existing wall or ceiling outlet boxes, offer the same color of light as the incandescent bulbs, the manufacturer says. Each four-light fixture uses 24 watts of power and produces the light equivalency of 200 incandescent watts. The rail fixture features flat, round, satin-etched glass shades cradled by brushed-nickel metal holders in the same shape. 866.558.5706.

Thomas Lighting. The Thomas Tarragon collection uses Philips Lumileds LEDs, which have a lifespan of 20 years and are dimmable with an electronic ballast. Tarragon makes use of the LED module in an original design with a shade that does not house the light source. By placing the LED in a cup located below the shade, the light reflects off of a chrome plate on the top of the shade to illuminate the surface below. 800.825.5844.

Cooper. A 6-inch downlight, the Halo LED H7 collection is designed for new construction or to retrofit existing 6-inch nominal housings with an Edison screw base adapter included in the module. The collection features four color temperature selections. The LEDs consume less than 15 watts and deliver between 511 and 1,541 lumens, depending on the series, trim, and color temperature. 770.486.4800.

Leviton. The Decora CFL Slide Dimmer detects whether a bulb is an incandescent or a CFL, determines high- and low-end dimming capabilities, and adjusts the dimming range accordingly, the maker says, optimizing the performance of dimmable CFLs versus standard dimmers. The CFL Slide Dimmer brings the bulb to full illumination for warm-up, then draws it down to the indicated setting. It allows for a broader dimming range, helping to improve ambiance. 800.323.8920.

Lutron. The Diva/C-L dimmer works with most types of light bulbs, including incandescent, halogen, dimmable CFLs, and LEDs. The manufacturer claims this product has been engineered to minimize the problems associated with using dimmable CFLs and LEDs: lights turning themselves off or “dropping out” when the dimmer switch is very low; lights not turning on when the dimmer switch is turned to a low level; and lights turning off unexpectedly when a hair dryer or air conditioner turns on while the bulb is dimmed. The wall-mounted Diva/C-L dimmer features a large paddle switch and a small slider. 888.588.7661.

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