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How Do Compact Fluorescent Lamps Work?

Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL´s) have a gas-filled tube, that when hit by an electric spark, creates an ultraviolet light that we can see.  CFL bulbs were designed to take the place of incandescent bulbs by taking a fluorescent tube and bending it so that it fits the space that incandescent lamps used to take.  CFL’s are now using electronic ballasts and are replacing magnetic ballasts that usually flicker and are slow to start.

Incandescent lamps work by heating a filament that is inside the lamp to produce the light.  Since the filament is constantly being heated, it is a waste energy and a reduction of life for the filament inside.  CFL bulbs, on the other hand, are much more energy efficient and last longer than incandescent bulbs. They use 20% of the energy and last up to 15 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

Since fluorescent lamps contain mercury, it is a good idea to dispose of them properly and not just throw them away in a garbage can.  You can check with the department store where you bought them or a local recycling center for more information.

CFL Technology

CFL bulb technology has improved and has enabled it to work with a dimmer because of its electronic ballast.  Not all CFL bulbs are capable of dimming, but some can and they are worth the extra dollars.  Not only are they capable of lowering the intensity of the light and energy, saving electricity, but they can also create a desired ambiance or “feel” in a room.  A CFL bulb can be dimmed down to 15%, which translates into energy savings.

Natural light bulbs are becoming very popular because of their clean bright light and higher durability.    You can purchase natural light bulbs for CFL’s or for traditional fluorescent lamps.  They have a blue coating that enhances and displays a full spectrum of illumination, making it a very attractive light to have in any room in a house.

In conclusion, CFL’s are more energy efficient, have a cleaner, brighter light, and last longer than incandescent lamps.  Technological advances have made it possible for us to have options in selecting the right type of CFL for the right application at home.

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