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Consumer Reports: the new 75-watt LED bulbs

(WMC TV) - The 75-watt incandescent bulb is ancient history.

The feds have phased it out in the name of energy savings, just like they did with the standard 100-watt bulb last year.

Consumer Reports tested and researched the new energy-saving LED 75-watt bulbs, now in stores. They are expensive:  an average $40 a bulb! But Consumer Reports said the sticker-shock wears off when you discover how long they last.

"If you buy a bulb and put it in your baby's nursery, you're probably not going to have to change that bulb until Junior's ready for college," said Celia Kuperszmid Lehrman, deputy editor of home & garden for Consumer Reports.

Consumer Reports' testers shed months off the calendar putting the 75-watt LED's to the test. They said they found a few duds, but most of the bulbs remained as bright as Day 1.

Testers said the LED's use about 75 percent less energy than standard 75-watt bulbs.

Lehrman said when shopping LED's, check the box for the word "lumens." That's the bulb's brightness. The 75-watt should sport "1100 lumens."

You should also check the bulb's color temperature. The lower the temperature, the warmer the bulb.

"Is it a nice, warm yellow? Is it white? Or is it blue, which is really not that flattering," Lehrman said.

Consumer Reports recommended the Phillips Ambient 75-watt LED. Its price is right around the average for 75-watt LED's: $40. But remember, they last for years. Lehrman estimated the Phillips Ambient LED will actually save a consumer about $130 over the bulb's lifetime.

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