Tuesday, April 19, 2011

CFL Bulbs Not Meeting Expectations

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Compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs are not living up to the hype.  CFL bulbs have been touted as a "green alternative" that is superior to incandescent bulbs, but there is mounting evidence the performance of CFL bulbs has failed to meet expectations.

It appears the useful life of CFL bulbs is far shorter than advertised, they cost too much and don't really reduce one's carbon footprint to the degee promised.  In addition, they appear to be a fire hazard.

Design professionals - especially interior designers and lighting specialists - who are responsible for specifying bulbs should proceed with caution in this arena.  In the report linked below the most disturbing fact is the number of fires associated with CFL bulbs that fail.  If this trend continues there is a real risk that a significant number of consumers will be injured.  If that happens, plaintiffs lawyers will sue everybody involved.  If the foreign manufacturers - mainly in China and India - are not easily reached design professionals and others may become targets.

Design professionals should not to over promise energy savings relative to their designs and should proceed with caution on this front.  The article linked below contains more information.

CFL Bulbs Failing

James L. Salmon, Esq.
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plumbing supplies said...

CFLs can be used in almost all locations where incandescent light bulbs are used. However the lifetime of a CFL is reduced greatly when used in applications where the light is frequently switched on and off. That is why we should be more careful in using this type of light to help prolong its lifetime.

plumbing said...

We use CFL lights at home and I can say that they are efficient and last long. We've been using it for years now and the service it gives is always good.

Electrical Continuing Education said...

I've been reading a lot of issues about CFLs and the danger it may bring. I don't know if I already need to change my bulbs at home. All of my bulbs are CFLs. My contractor who took his Contractors Continuing Education said that LED is much better to use.