replacing exterior & porch lights: what's best? led? cfl? incand?
We're replacing three outdoor lights. I'm REALLY torn about what to buy! I feel like the technology on bulbs is changing so fast, and I don't really know whether to believe the manufacturers claims about the new LEDs and CFLs looking as good as incandecents... I'd really appreciate some advice from folks who have first-hand experience!
I see there are CFL-specific fixtures. Or a "regular" fixture that can take incadescent, CFL, or LED bulb. Or a LED-specific.
1) cold weather performance: I live in Maine
2) quality of light: I really prefer a warm, welcoming-looking light to the cool light I associate with LEDs and CFLs. But maybe technology has vastly improved?
3) energy-efficiency... At least one will be on a timer and be on for at least 6 hours a day during wintertime.
4) "look" of the bulb (many of the fixture styles I like have clear globes, so the actual bulb will show. Since they're in high-visibility locations they need to look nice. No spiral-CFL bulbs...