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Why watts? Lumens are loomin'

When a bulb burns out in your home, you look at the wattage then go to your “box of bulbs” and find another to replace it. 60 watts? 100 watts? You name it. The thing is, with compact flourescent lamps (CFLs) and light emitting diodes (LEDs) improving in quality and becoming more popular, we are seeing light bulb packages that refer to “equivalents”. A 13 watt CFL is prominently labeled as a 60 watt equivalent. If you replace a 60 watt incandescent bulb in your living room with a CFL, and another in the kitchen with an LED, you’re talking about three types of bulbs, each using a different amount of wattage to achieve the same amount of brightness (lumens). It’s a little bit cumbersome, right?

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