CFB have long been seen as an effective way to save energy - they produce more light per watt and last many times longer ... but not all that buy them have have been satisfied with their experiences.
Read on to learn more about getting the most from CFB ...
" ... to help ...become an informed consumer, we've outlined some facts and guidelines to assist you. ..."
"* CFLs have a slight warm up period of one to three minutes before reaching full brightness. ... slow start-up allows the CFL to maintain constant light output while it's operating. ... "
"* In a "hot" environment with little airflow around the fixture, the life of the CFL can be shortened because heat builds up. An example of a "hot" environment would be a recessed "can" ... "
"* CFL can appear dimmer than expected. You can avoid this by using the "Divide by 3 Rule." A CFL requires fewer watts than an incandescent to give off the same amount of light. ... recommend a 3:1 ratio instead. ... replace a 60 watt incandescent with a CFL that uses 20 watts, not 15 watts. ... "
"*Buy CFLs with the ENERGY STAR label. The label indicates that the product meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US EPA and the US DOE.""
Via: Lighting Research Center LINK
As CFL contain MERCURY propor disposal is important ...
" ... ENERGY STAR recommends that you don't dispose of CFLs with your ordinary household garbage and take advantage of local recycling options. If you break a CFL by accident follow US EPA guidelines found on the ENERGY STAR Web site at www.energystar.gov/cfls.""
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