Compact fluorescent light bulbs are simply miniature versions of full-sized fluorescents. They can be used nearly anywhere that incandescent lights are used.
- Compact fluorescent light bulbs use 60% to 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs.
- They last 5 to 7 years or more
- The electricity used over the lifetime of a single incandescent bulb costs 5 to 10 times the original purchase price of the bulb itself.
- Replacing a single incandescent bulb with a Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb will keep a half-ton of CO2 out of the atmosphere over the life of the bulb.
- If everyone in the U.S. used energy-efficient lighting, we could retire 90 average size power plants. Saving electricity reduces CO2 emissions, sulfur oxide and high-level nuclear waste.
If you plan to buy a compact flourescent light bulb:
- Look for the energy star symbol.
- Measure the maximum height and width a lamp can occupy inside the fixture. Compact flourescent light bulbs can have very different shapes than incandescent lamps so it is important to know that the new compact flourescent light bulb will fit in the fixture.
- Choose a compact flourescent light bulb. It uses approximately 1/4 the wattage of the existing incandescent bulb.