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article imageThe Benefits of Compact Fluorescent Light

By Chris V. Thangham     Jan 3, 2007 in Environment
Compact Fluorescent Lights consumes low energy, lasts longer, environmentally safe, and good ambience than regular bulbs.
CFLs have several advantages over incandescent light bulbs: they last from 8-10 times longer, use about 75% less energy, and produce 90% less heat while delivering more light per Watt. For example, a 25 Watt CFL provides about 1800 lumens, compared to 1750 lumens from a 100 Watt incandescent lamp.
CFLs have come a long way since their introduction. They provide a flicker-free, soft-white light and come in a variety of styles. The traditional "twist" bulb is the most popular, but if you need a more stylish version, consider the household style. This bulb is similar in design to a standard incandescent bulb but uses significantly less energy. The 3-way CFL is perfect for reading lamps or conversation areas where ambience is a factor. The globe style is designed for bathroom fixtures.
Here's a groovy advantage - CFLs save you money! One 20 Watt CFL (replaces a 75 Watt incandescent bulb) will save you $66 dollars over the life of the bulb (based on $.12 KWH). Replace one 100 Watt incandescent bulb with a 25 Watt CFL and save a whopping $74 dollars over the life of the bulb (hey - that's 21 extra Mocha Latte's).
Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) has been for a long time, but for some reason customers never bought it because of their looks and high price. But now they have tinkered the design a bit, it may not be perfect, but the benefits far out weigh them, also the prices have come down for CFL. The benefits are, firstly, CFL consume low energy for same lighting (13 Watt CFL vs 75 Watt regular lamp), you save a significant money when you multiply the number of lamps you use. Secondly, they help reduce Global warming, it helps reduce Carbon Monoxide emission to the atmosphere by 1,000 pounds for each lamp. Thirdly, the CFL lasts 8 to 10 times longer than the conventional bulb, so you don't have to run too many times to Wal Mart (where the CFLs are cheaper). So, the next time you go shopping make sure you add the CFL to your list, let us do our parts against Global Warming.
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