The Best Plan is to use Pricey LEDs Strategically

The extra-long life of LED bulbs was a big draw for the Titlows, but at about $25 or more per bulb, the couple couldn't afford to use them everywhere. Instead, they targeted the fixtures they leave on for hours at a time, like a lamp in their front foyer. In the kitchen, where exposed wood beams and an under-7-foot ceiling height left no room for recessed cans, they're putting in low-profile, surface-mount LED light panels made by Philips.

As of January 1, 2012, a modified version of this label will be required on all bulb packaging to help consumers make informed choices.

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