Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Push for CFLs and Fluorescent Lamps

With changing legislation and increased popularity for energy efficiency, the lighting industry has seen a significant push for fluorescent lamps and CFLs. Consumers and businesses alike are changing their lighting options to adopt these sustainable efforts. But, why?

Fluorescent lamps and CFLs are four to six times more efficient than their incandescent counterparts and emit about the same amount of visible light, all while offering longer working life and saving significant energy costs. Further, energy-efficient lighting is one of the lowest-cost ways for the nation to reduce electricity use and greenhouse gases. Although incandescent light bulbs may seem like the cheaper option at the counter, consumers will actually save money on CFLs in the long run. While a CFL may cost about $2.00 per bulb, compared to about $0.50 cents for an incandescent bulb, a CFL is four to six times more efficient than an incandescent and lasts an estimated 8 to 15 times as long as an incandescent.

However, CFLs and fluorescent lamps also contain hazardous mercury vapor, which is emitted when these fragile bulbs break. If not carefully handled and disposed of, mercury vapor can cause significant health and safety issues, as well as environmental concerns. Read more about how to avoid harmful mercury vapor if the bulb breaks or burns out.

Brad Buscher
Chairman and CEO
VaporLok Products LLC

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