Compact fluorescent lights, or CFLs, are in constantly in the news due to their energy efficient qualities. Not only do these lightbulbs utilize less energy, but they produce less heat helping to save energy in cooling costs and prolonging the life of the bulb.
How CFLs WorkCompact fluorescent bulbs produce light that's more diffuse than incandescent bulbs, so they are very good for area lighting. Compact fluorescent bulbs use about one-quarter of the energy an incandescent bulb to produce the same amount of light. A good comparison ratio takes a 15-watt CFL to replace a traditional 60-watt bulb. The lower wattage equals less energy use and less heat output. Look for packages that provide conversions for consumers to get the best fitting bulb for your needs.
ConsiderationsCFLs can cause interference with devices such as radios and computers. In this event, move the lamp or the electronic devices away from each other.
The start-up time of a compact fluorescent bulb can be slower than an incandescent bulb, even though the color and brightness are similar.
Compact fluorescent bulbs contain trace amounts of mercury, so when they burn out they need to be disposed of properly to prevent environmental damage.