Choosing the right light bulb

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In the world of home improvement products, it used to be that one of the things you could count on for consistency year after year was the light bulb. Little changed since its invention, so it was a product that you didn't really have to give much thought to. No longer. Today, there's a lot of confusion surrounding this simple staple of the American household. Are 100-watt bulbs banned? Are those twisty bulbs dangerous? Can you use these new bulbs with a dimmer? Aren't the new bulbs really expensive? There are lots of questions and lots of confusing answers, so let's try to clear up what we can. Incandescent bulbs Incandescent bulbs are the traditional household light bulb. They consume electricity, which is measured in watts, and give off light, which is measured in lumens. However, most of the electricity they consume is actually given off as heat, so these bulbs have never been particularly energy efficient. Incandescent bulbs haven't technically been "banned."...