New generation halogens

New generation halogens are good for task lighting in kitchens, studios and bathrooms, and accent lighting on walls.


  • Cost from $2 per bulb
  • Use up to 30% less energy than standard incandescent light bulbs for the same light output
  • A lifetime of at least 2000 hours, around twice as long as a standard incandescent light bulb
  • Can be used in light fittings with dimmers or operated by sensors

Keep in mind

  • Halogens operate at high temperatures so be careful to position where they won't be easily touched
  • For lights that will be left on for a long time, CFLs or LEDs are a better, more efficient choice than halogens

Where to buy

  • Easily available at most supermarkets, DIY outlets, variety stores and specialty lighting stores