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Fluorescent vs. Incandescent

Brazil and Venezuela began to faze-out incandescent light bulbs in 2005, followed by Switzerland and Australia in 2009.  Argentina, Russia and Canada soon followed suite in 2012.  I’m a little surprised that the US will be lagging with a faze-out by 2014.

FYI: Not all incandescent bulbs will be illegal in the US by 2014, apparently the 100 watt incandescent light bulbs have already been fazed-out of the US market as of the end of last year (2012) and the 60 and 75 watt incandescent light bulbs will be fazed-out by 2014.


  • Can be disposed of in your household trash
  • Dimmable
  • High energy use
  • Produces large amount of heat



  • Low energy use
  • Long life
  • Contains hazardous materials
  • Non-dimmable
  • Requires warm up time
  • Can’t be disposed of in household trash


The LED light bulbs are more expensive, but have a much longer life span.  The one main complaint of the fluorescent light bulbs is that they take a while to produce a substantial amount of light.  That is why the LED light is a better option, however there is a price tag that goes along with that.

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