Save Energy, Save Money With New Light Bulb Technology

Posted by: on May 24th, 2011 | 9 Comments
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Woman installing an LED light bulb in a ceiling fixture

Did you know that you can save up to 75% more energy by using CFL light bulbs and up to 85% more with LED light bulbs?  These types of bulbs last much longer than the incandescent light bulbs we’re all used to.  New light bulb technology provides warm light, energy savings and the convenience of not having to change your bulbs out for years. A great bonus, especially if you’ve got various light fixtures in hard-to-reach places throughout your home!

The Home Depot has an extensive selection of specialty bulbs for just about every application…we even have an online light bulb finder tool to help you choose the ideal bulb for your specific needs. And did you know that The Home Depot will recycle your CFL light bulbs for you? Simply bring your old bulbs to your local store, deposit them into the bright orange collection bin and we’ll do the rest.

The Home Depot is your all-around source for light bulbs and light bulb information. Check out our selection online or view this video for ideas about what new lighting can do for the beauty and energy efficiency of your home.

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  1. Kerry Hill says:

    CFL’s cost 5-10x more and don’t last any longer than incandescent due to 5-10x increase in components to make them work. Longivity is a lie. Plus they are not only toxic when broken but contain electrical components and plastics that trash our environment.

    • Craig Allen says:

      Craig here, from The Home Depot.

      There is informed disagreement over CFLs, to be sure. But most analysis (not all) shows that CFLs are still, overall, more efficient, cost effective and environmentally sound than incandescent bulbs. We still believe CFLs are a good choice for most consumers and for the environment.

      The good news is that CFL might soon be seen as more of a transitional technology than a long term solution– at least unless CFL manufacturers can fully address the concerns you raised (and they most certainly are working on improvements). LED technology is making rapid advances, and some say it could end up being a more long term solution for energy efficient, long lasting and eco-friendly lighting. As a matter of fact, The Home Depot has just rolled out a whole new category of LED products– integrated LED fixtures– which we think represents a big step forward and a very viable option for a lot of homeowners and businesses.

      We appreciate your comment, Kerry. You raised valid points.

  2. Sandy says:

    One suggestion – if you have a cell phone with camera, you could take a picture of some of the troubling ones. You home depot guy or gal could look at it and recommend something to save energy.

    • That’s a really good suggestion, Sandy. Our store associates are always willing to answer any home improvement questions and the more they know about a person’s individual situation the better. Thanks for the comment!

  3. Thomas Bell says:

    Can the TCP 65watt equivalent be used in side the shower area?

    • Craig Allen says:


      I think it depends on the lighting fixture, more than the bulb. If the lighting fixture is designed for use inside a shower area, then a CFL blub should be OK to use. But if you’re not sure, please feel free to describe your situation to a Home Depot store associate, who can help you find what you need.

  4. beverly says:

    how do i go threw my house and chang the lights to the new bulbs . i have these large in the ceiling light bulbs that looks like they should be outside in liviving room 4 of them reseste lighting? don’t no right name. then i have the see threw bulbs in dinning room 40 watts because there are 6 of them togather. what do i do also there are light fixters in the bedrooms with place for two bulbs in them ??????????? help PLEASE beverly

    • Adam says:


      You can get a Bayco Light Bulb changing kit for 19.97 #912578. That will help you change the bulbs if they are hard to reach. The bulbs come in all different styles including the flood style lights.

    • Craig Allen says:

      Hi, Beverly.

      Adam has excellent advice in his comment. He’s suggesting the Bayco Light Bulb changing kit. It’s a tool that will help you change light bulbs in hard to reach places. Click HERE to see what it looks like.

      I’m not sure exactly what kind of bulbs you need, though.

      Sandy has a good idea– take a cell phone photo of each of the fixtures that has bulbs you want to replace. Then you can show the pictures to someone at The Home Depot.

      Here’s my suggestion: Can you take an example of each kind of bulb you want to replace to your nearest Home Depot store? Show them to one of the people there. He or she will be very happy to show you the new bulbs that are available, and help you choose the right kinds you need for each of your light fixtures.

      Thanks for asking, Beverly.