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Because of all the different LED light bulb products out in the market, it can be confusing to choose which one to get. Here’s a short buying guide on LEDs for a quick reference. What if the light bulb you put in your baby’s nursery didn’t have to be replaced until Junior heads off to college? That’s the promise of LEDs, or light-emitting diodes. These bulbs are claimed to rival the look, dimming ability, and light quality of incandescents, contain no mercury (as compact fluorescent light bulbs do), and last up to five times longer than compact flourescents and 50 times as long as incandescents. There are a few things you will need to know before buying any energy-saving bulb. For starters, Energy Star-qualified bulbs meet high standards for brightness, color, and energy use, and the mercury content is capped in compact fluorescents. Before you shop, visit www.dsireusa.org/incentives or www.energystar.gov to find utility rebates, and search online for manufacturer rebates. More on the story at Boston Globe.

 

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