It's time to flip the switch on those flickering, buzzing fluorescents you're used to. Today's best bulbs—known as compact fluorescents, or CFLs—squeeze the same energy-efficiency and long life into smaller, shapelier packages. These modern brights look better than their old-school predecessors with coatings that create warmer, whiter hues. They also burn cooler than incandescents, using 75 percent less energy than a traditional bulb, which translates to as much as 60 bucks in savings over the life of each light.
Pictured, this bulb can be used in wet locations, indoors or out.