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In this video, electrician Charles Vargas explains light-bulb options for recessed fixtures.

Choosing Recessed Lights:

  1. Incandescent bulbs are the most affordable options for recessed lights, but they're not very energy efficient and only last two to three years.
  2. Halogen bulbs produce a very bright, white light, but they burn hot and last not much longer than incandescents.
  3. Compact fluorescent bulbs burn cool, last five to seven years and use less energy than incandescents. However, be sure to install electronic ballasts to eliminate annoying flicking and buzzing.
  4. LED recessed lights are expensive, up to $100 each, but they're very energy efficient and will last for 15 years or more.