Are you torn between energy-sapping incandescents and toxic-mercury-containing CFL (twisty) bulbs?
The question may be moot, as a new product is shedding light on the Great Bulb Debate. The technology is called electron stimulated luminescence, or ESL. New light bulbs using the technology will hit the store shelves this summer.
ESLs, according to the manufacturers are:
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- up to 60 percent more efficient than incandescent bulbs.
- safe - they contain no toxic material.
- environmentally friendly - no toxic chemicals mean they are disposable with all household waste.
- aesthetically pleasing because they are fashioned after the traditional bulb.
- long lasting, providing 10 years of service per bulb.
The first bulb on the market is a replacement for recessed fixtures.
The second bulb will replace the standard bulb used in table top lamps, porch lights, etc.
The bulbs will retail for approximately $15 a pop.