Posts tagged ‘CFLs’

CFL light bulbs – give a little, get a lot

For the past several years, compact fluorescent light bulbs, like many of the mainstays on the green building scene, have offered buyers the delayed return phenomenon: compared to the alternatives, they cost more upfront, but the savings that consumers will reap in operating costs will compensate for the upfront premium many, many times over. It’s always been true that using CFLs or other efficient light bulbs rather than traditional incandescent bulbs is a smart economic choice in the long run. But in the last year or two, some CFL prices have dropped so low that they’re nearly comparable to incandescents in upfront costs. (more…)

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February 15, 2011 at 4:50 pm Leave a comment

The Changing of the Bulb: Goodbye, Incandescents

An incandescent light bulb

Are you ready for the upcoming phase-out of inefficient incandescent light bulbs? Starting next January, 100-watt incandescent bulbs (the traditional ones that have been found under every lamp shade for the last century) will no longer be sold in the United States. Bans on lower-wattage incandescents will follow.

In place of these bulbs, you’ll be able to buy compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs. CFLs use about one-quarter of the energy of a given incandescent bulb, while giving out approximately the same amount of light. (more…)

February 9, 2011 at 5:10 pm Leave a comment


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