June 13, 2024

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Bright Ideas for Saving Energy!

Choose the right CFL

  • Matching the right CFL to the right kind of fixture helps ensure that it will perform properly and last a long time.
  • For recessed fixtures, it is better to use a reflector CFL since it will evenly distribute the light down to your task area.
  • Use specially designed Energy Star qualified CFLs for fixtures with a three-way or dimmer switch. Make sure to choose the CFL with the right amount of light. The package will be labeled with the equivalent lumens to the incandescent bulb you are replacing.

Purchasing Tips

  • Purchase Energy Star qualified CFLs for the most energy savings and longest lasting bulbs.
  • Check the package to be sure you are buying the correct size and configuration for your application.
  • Energy Star qualified CFLs come in a variety of shapes and sizes for use in ceiling fans, vanity lights, etc.

Proper Care and Disposal

CFLs contain trace amounts of mercury. If broken, carefully sweep up the pieces and wipe the area with a wet rag. Place the pieces and the rag in a plastic bag and seal it. CFLs in sealed bags can be disposed of with regular household trash, but it is better to save the spent CFLs for community household hazardous waste collection and recycling. Contact your waste removal company for more information.

Benefits of CFLs

Efficient: CFLs use about 75 percent less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer.

Less Expensive: CFLs are initially more expensive, but since they use 1/4 the electricity and last up to 10 times longer than incandescent you save money during the life of the CFL. One 20 watt CFL used in place of a 75 watt incandescent will save about 550 kWh in its lifetime. That translates to about $58 in savings.

Reduces Pollution: Replacing one incandescent bulb with a CFL will keep 358 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere over the life of the bulb.

High Quality Light: CFLs give a warm light instead of the light of older office type fluorescents. Electronic ballasts in CFLs prevent flickering or humming.

Versatile: CFLs can be used nearly anywhere that incandescent lights are used. They come in a variety of styles for ceiling fans, outdoor use, recessed fixtures, vanity lights, etc.

The ENERGY STAR Choose A Light Guide

For more information visit www.energystar.gov