CFL Bulbs Use Less Energy and Save Money

Compact fluorescent light bulbs or a CFL bulbs produce light differently than typical incandescent bulbs. An incandescent bulb has an electric current that runs through a wire filament and heats the filament until it starts to glow. In a CFL bulb, an electric current is instead driven through a tube containing argon and a small amount of mercury vapor. This cause an invisible ultraviolet light to be generated that illuminates a fluorescent coating (called phosphor) on the inside of the tube, which then emits visible light.

CFL bulbs are known to save about $30 over their lifetime. They use 75 percent less energy than an incandescent bulb and last about ten times longer. Using less energy means saving money on your energy bill. CFL bulbs are more expensive than incandescent bulbs, but they usually pay for itself in about 6 months. Trying to choose between all the different types of bulbs on the market can be difficult. Looking for an Energy Star bulb is a good place to start because you know it meets all the government standards of energy consumption.

Earthmate EP2352AKEditor's Pick: The Earthmate EP2352AK 23-Watt Super Mini-Spiral CFL 2700K Bulb, 6 Pack gives off the same type of light as a 100w incandescent soft white bulb. It also comes on just as fast without a the flicker of some CFL bulbs. This bulb last about 13 times more than a standard light bulb. Through Earthmate technology innovation uses 75% less mercury than other brands of bulbs. Earthmate cares about the environment by using 100% recyclable paper for the packaging of the bulbs.

Sylvania 29490 CFL Mini TwistThe Sylvania 29490 23-Watt CFL Mini Twist, Soft White, 6 Pack are CFL bulbs that can help you reduce the amount of energy used in your home. Using CFL bulbs is an easy way to be more eco friendly around your home. The bulbs are soft white and have a screw base of 120V ballast medium. Products that are Energy Star Qualified work to prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

GE 71765 26-Watt CFLThe GE 71765 26-Watt Energy Smart Instant-on Sunshine CFL (100-Watt equivalent) Light Bulb is an energy star smart bulb that will help you reduce your energy consumption. The bulb has a light output of 1660 Lumens and consumes 26 watts. This bulb is equivalent to a standard 100 Watt bulb with a lifespan of 6000 hours. The GE bulb comes with a 6 Year Limited Warranty Guaranteed to last 4 years based on rated life at 4 hours consumer use per day at 120Volts.

GE 13-Watt Energy Smart CFL BulbsThe GE 13-Watt Energy SmartTM - 8 Pack - 60 watt replacement CFL bulbs give you the energy saving benefits you want. GE offers high quality bulbs that help you reduce your energy bill by using less energy than an standard incandescent bulb. These lights are flicker free and last up to ten times longer. They fit most common household sockets and can be used in any room in the house. The bulbs are available in soft white and they come in dimmable and 3 ways as well.

GE-47448-3-Way-CFL-BulbThe GE 47448 Energy Smart Spiral 3-Way 6 Year Life Light Bulb is a CFL bulb created to save energy. It use to be that CFL bulbs weren't ideal for the 3-way lamps. Today, the technology has advanced, and 3-way CFLs work great. The GE 47448 3-way bulb offers three settings, 12 Watt, 23 Watt, and 29 Watt (50/100/150 Watt equivalent). This bulb is guaranteed to last 6 years based on 4 hours use per day at 120V. The GE Energy Smart series of CFL bulbs are energy star rated, which means these bulbs save energy.

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Ariel C June 3, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Hey,
This was a great article, and I think it is important for everybody to understand the difference between CFL and traditional bulbs, its environmental and monetary implications.
There is a great article on the Green Revolution blog that explains a lot about the advantages of using CFL bulbs. It also has a link to a great free Lighting Calculator. It explains how much energy you are wasting, how much money you could be saving, and makes a few personal recommendations. Check it out below:

http://blog.joingreenrevolution.com/jons-green-life/bid/36893/Energy-Efficiency-Guide-CFL-Lighting

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