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Are you more green, thrifty or esthetic? Each character has its own bulb. Light taps, decorative cubes, lanterns, candle tealight holders or light garlands… make your choice! Ecological bulbs: compact fluorescent lamps If respecting the environment is your first concern, fluorescent lamps are for you. Compact fluorescent bulbs (between 6 and 30 €) last up to ten years and consume four times less electricity than conventional bulbs. These energy-saving lamps are, for the moment, to be reserved for the rooms in which they remain on because they take several minutes to fully illuminate. So impractical on a staircase or in the toilet. Please note, these bulbs contain a small amount of mercury (about 5 mg). They are therefore considered as "hazardous waste". Do not throw them in the trash, there are specific collection places. Bring them where you bought them. According to Gaëlle Guérive, responsible for daily ecological issues for WWF, the shops have an obligation to recycle them. LEDs, the most economical Are you looking for the most economical light bulbs? LED (light emitting diode) lamps consume six times less than conventional lighting and last up to 50,000 hours, which is 25 times longer. The diodes do not heat up, do not fear water or temperature variations and are available in different colors. They provide ideal lighting outdoors, in a garden, balcony or terrace. With LEDs, you can create light atmospheres and play on color changes. Halogen: the design option If you prefer decorative bulbs, incandescent lamps are the only ones to offer ranges of color or patterns, to stick to any atmosphere. The manufacturer Osram offers several types: "relax" or "active", in order to illuminate cozy or dynamic atmospheres differently. These classic bulbs remain the most consumed, despite their high consumption. For aesthetes, halogens restore the most natural light there is ... even if these lamps are accused - and rightly so - of being large consumers of energy. A 100 W halogen lamp lights up like a conventional 150 W bulb, therefore consumes less. She also lives twice as long, about 2,000 hours. For more information on recycling bulbs: www.recyclum.com