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a little lighting can change the mood

It can if you’re putting light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs into your lamps. Better known as the bulbs behind your laptop screen and Lite-Brite (aww…), LEDs are brighter and cheaper than ever – and just to arouse your interest even more: They’re way more efficient than even compact fluorescents (CFLs).

There are several benefits to making the switch:

* Increased flow to your wallet. Although LEDs are currently a lot more expensive out of the gate, replacing an incandescent bulb with one can save you more than $700 over its lifetime.
* Having a planet-gasm. LEDs use less energy than incandescents (about 1/10th) and CFLs (about half), since they produce comparatively little heat – all the energy is used for light.
* Lasting longer. LEDs last about 60,000 hours, compared to 10,000 for CFLs, and 1,500 for old-school incandescents (making LEDs especially great for ceilings, since you almost never gotta change ’em).
* Merc-free turn-ons. Even if the mercury CFLs contain is minimal, LEDs are even better, with none at all.


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