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Year 2014 is another transition year in the way we light our homes. 60 and 40 watt incandescent light bulbs are being phased out and being replaced by CFLs and LEDs. In this edition of Going Green, our Terry Ettinger has more.

"Both CFLs and the LEDs are more energy efficient than the incandescent bulbs. A CFL bulb uses about 70 to 80 percent less energy than an incandescent bulb while an LED bulb uses about 90 percent less electricity than an incandescent bulb," said Roger Rowlands, Edward Joy Lighting.

CFL stands for compact florescent light and LED stands for light-emitting diode.

"The initial cost is more. The CFLs cost about three to four times as much as an incandescent bulb whereas the LEDs can be 10 to 15 times more than an incandescent," said Rowlands.

But in addition to using less energy, the new bulbs last longer so the changeover should save money in the long run.

"Absolutely, I think you can amortize your initial investment in about three years, especially with the LEDs," he went on to say.

And people seem to be accepting the change.

"I’m seeing that especially in the past six to eight months. I’ve seen people really come around especially with the LEDs. We’re pushing them more than the CFLs because we think they’re a more versatile type of light than the CFLs because of their dimming capabilities in the LEDs where you don’t really have that in the CFLs," he added.

Roger Rowlands with Edward Joy Lighting said the LED lights are more like the incandescent lights people are accustomed too and provide a more natural light in bathrooms and kitchens.

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