The Benefits of CFL Light Bulbs
As incandescent light bulbs become passe and unavailable, most of us will be making the switch to alternatives like compact fluorescent, or CFL, light bulbs. While CFLs are not exactly a perfect alternative, their benefits certainly outweigh their disadvantages.
Among the advantages is the significant reduction in energy use. According to ENERGY STAR, compact fluorescent use as much as 75 percent less electricity than traditional incandescent bulbs. At the same time, CFL light bulbs produce the same amount of light as the equivalent incandescent bulbs while using significantly less wattage. It follows, of course, that if you’re using less energy to light your house, you will spend considerably less money on your electricity bill.
Long-Term Financial Savings
Compared with the price of incandescent bulbs, CFL light bulbs are as much as 10 times more expensive, ranging from $2 to $4, yet they will still save you money in the long run because the last significantly longer - they burn for as many as 10,000 hours - and, with the lower wattage for the same lumens, cost much less per hour to burn. According to TechniArt, this can amount to a household savings of as much as $30 per CFL bulb over the life of the bulb.
The environment will also reap tremendous benefits when you make a move to CFL light bulbs. Even today, in the Atlanta area, most electricity comes from coal-burning power plants. When the coal-based power flows to your home, much of it goes toward keeping on the lights. When your bulbs are more energy efficient, like CFLs, you will use less energy. ENERGY STAR notes that if every American home replaced just one incandescent bulb with an ENERGY STAR-arppoved CFL, it would save the equivalent in greenhouse emissions as removing 800,000 cars from America highways.
Compact fluorescents are not perfect, though. They take a little bit longer to warm up - as much as 15 minutes - before reaching their best energy-saving results. Moreover, rapidly turning the lights on and off can reduce the life of a CFL. Overall, though, the benefits outweigh any drawbacks.
Before replacing the bulbs or fixtures in your house with CFL light bulbs, consider talking to a professional electrician at Casteel. Not all fixtures are suited for compact fluorescents. You may need to change out your fixtures or look for other energy-efficient alternatives, such as LED bulbs. A professional can advise you on the best course of action.