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What Are Compact Flourescent Light Bulbs?

And How Do They Save Money?

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What are CFLs?

CFL stands for Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs.

How do Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs work?

Unlike incandescent bulbs which use a filament, Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs give off light when a mixture of three phosphors are exposed to ultraviolet light from mercury atoms.

How much can I save if I use Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs?

An average user can expect to save $36.00 per bulb when using Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs over incandescent bulbs. CFLs do cost more upfront, however this cost is matched after using the CFL for 500 hours.

Do Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs have a longer life than incandescent bulbs?

Incandescent bulbs generally last 500 to 2,000 hours. Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs are guaranteed for 8,000 hours.

Are there environmental concerns when using Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs?

There are trace amounts of mercury in Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs. For the home user, this presents no problems. The problem can come from improper disposal. Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs should be recycled properly. You can learn more about recycling from About.Com's [a href="http://environment.about.com/od/recycling/]Environmental Issues[/a] guide, Larry West.

Are Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs good for the environment?

Aside from the mercury issue, Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs are actually beneficial to the environment. If every home replaced one bulb with a CFL, it would be equivalent to taking one million cars off the road.

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