William Logan, architect and lighting consultant for WRL Lighting Tech in Columbus, said CFLs have undergone great improvements in design and reductions in price in the past two to three years.
"If (consumers) went out a few years ago and decided 'this isn't for me,' I suggest they review that," said Logan
, who has converted lighting in his
house to CFL lamps.
You are going to shorten the life," Logan
Compared to an incandescent, a halogen lamp is about 5 to 10 percent more efficient and lasts longer, Logan
said.Compared to a CFL, halogen has greater compatibility with dimmer switches and comes in small sizes suited to decorative glass fixtures and chandeliers, as well as picture lights.
Krypton and xenon bulbs offer longer life than incandescent bulbs but have little energy benefit, Logan
said.Xenon gas is also relatively expensive.
"Because it is such a blooming rare gas, it only shows up in small packages," Logan