Light Bulb Finder
By Eco Hatchery
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The Light Bulb Finder app recommends the best energy-saving CFL or LED for your needs based on financial payback, light quality, fit and appearance. Create a customized shopping list of recommended energy-efficient bulbs for easy reference when shopping at local retailers, or buy bulbs directly through the app.
***"Top 5 Energy Efficiency Smartphone Apps" - Alliance to Save Energy***
***"Best Overall App" - EPA Apps for the Environment Challenge***
What's New in Version 1.3
A larger range of recommended bulbs, including more LEDs and more brands.
New Bulb Details screen that contains all of the information in the latest bulb labeling standards, making it easier to find equivalent bulbs in local stores.
Improved social networking capabilities.
Includes LEDs, needs more options and better consistency
I just installed this, and it is a great way to help identify where it would be worthwhile swapping bulbs for more energy efficient models.
However, it needs a couple more options to make it better:
1. Ability to specify fluorescents or LEDs. In some applications the difference in light quality isn't worth the higher cost of LEDs, so it would be helpful to be able to choose, and/or compare the two options side by side. Maybe including a halogen option would be nice too for things like outdoor floods where fluorescent lights perform poorly and LEDs are still far too expensive unless you are running them all night.
2. Change bulb prices. Locally, I can get Phillips LED BR30s for about $17 less than what the app has. I'm sure it is gathering prices from its store, but it would be helpful for ROI purposes to be able to input what you'll actually pay for a bulb, vs whatever they are pulling their data from.
Needs bases other the standard twist
Need bases for GU-10 or MR-16 etc. halogens are supposed to be more energy efficient then Edison bulb but LED replacement option is required since the app is "Bulb finder" not "Florescent Bulb Finder"
Very helpful in identifying where you can save money on each bulb and in each room.
Should give review on bulb if you choose a 100 watt bulb and you change to a 75 replacement your lumens will go down x while saving y.
Great suggestions and encouraging ROIs
My main concern is that I only get one suggestion for each lamp. Ideally, I'd like to compare with other technologies. I like halogens in my dimmable dining room more than LED, so I'd like to see the best options for each filament. Also but less important, I am not a fan of shipping lightbulbs to my rural house. I like being able to return a DOA bulb to the local store and prices differ significant.