NOVEMBER 2016 ;e Costco Connection 89
BY STEVE FISHER
WINTER IS COMING. The dark is upon us.
No, this isn’t dialogue from Game of Thrones
but an advisory on the lights you’ll want to
have in your home. More specifically, we’re
talking about LED lights.
Traditional incandescent bulbs are being
phased out to make way for the more ener-gy-efficient LED, or light-emitting diode,
LED there be light
LEDs last a lot longer
2½ CFLs 25 INCANDESCENTS
bulbs. In addition to efficiency, LED lighting
can be more durable, versatile and longer lasting. “LED lightbulbs have never been more
affordable,” says Jason Harris, Costco hardware
buyer. “And the value at Costco is incredible.”
Here are some graphics to show you why
they’re better and how to choose from all the
Different hues for different views
When it comes to picking the color of
light you want, there are a lot of choices. For
the warm, soft white light that a traditional
incandescent bulb produces, look for some-
thing around 2,700 K (kelvin is a unit of mea-
sure for temperature) to 3,000 K; 3,500 K to
4, 100 K gives you a cooler, more neutral white
light. If you prefer a blue daylight light, look
in the 5,000 K to 6,000 K range.
Warm and soft white
Cool and neutral white Blue daylight
Bulb brightness is measured in watts for
incandescent bulbs. But wattage is a measure
of energy used, not brightness. The way to
figure out the brightness of LED bulbs is to
look at the lumens. The higher the lumens,
the brighter the bulb. Use the chart at right to
help you buy the brightness you need for the
fixtures you have.
bulb energy used
THE COSTCO CONNECTION
A wide variety of low-priced, high-quality LED bulbs
is available in warehouses and on Costco.com.
Average life span of indoor lightbulbs*
*BASED ON USE OF 3 HOURS PER DAY
To learn more, visit Costco.com
and search Warranties
Buy a TV, computer or
major appliance and Costco
extends the manufacturer’s
*Terms and conditions apply. Please refer
to your Guide to Protection Bene;ts or visit
Citi.Com/Costco for more information on the
bene;ts of the Costco Anywhere Visa Card.
Applicable for consumer credit cards only.
Visa® Card by Citi and
extend your warranty*
coverage for an additional