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CFL'S

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CFl'S Basic Information -Compact Fluorescent Lamp
- CFL’s Last 10x longer than incandescent light bulbs.
-Uses 1 fifth to 1 third less energy / power than incandescent light bulb
-Saves more energy and money
-2/3 less energy 70% less heat is produced
-Can save about 20%of electrical bill
- saves $30 for buying lights Information Drawback -Uses 5 mg of mercury (a toxic heavy metal) that can cause serious health problems if inhaled or ingested over a large amount of doses. Using CFL’s is a lot better because incandescent light bulb are bad for you health. They are not health for our health because they produce a lot of heat to your body. CFL’s produce 70% less heat. RISE OF CFL’S BENEFITS OF USING CFLS Each CFL over a course of its life saves 450 pounds of carbon from being produced. This is a powerful savings considering that the average home between 30-50 sockets, according to the EPA. If only 30 sockets were replaced with CFLs that would be a savings of 13,500 pounds or 6.75 tons of carbon. The average small car uses 3.55 tons of carbon, per year, changing your light bulbs will be like almost taking two small cars off the road for a year. HOW CAN THE BENEFITS OF USING CFLS BE MAXIMIZED? The way the benefits of using CFLs can be maximized is by more people using it. How we can get more people to use CFLs, is to tell people how long they can last for what good they do to the environment and how it can reduce electricity by using this type of light bulb. That’s one way we can maximize the benefits of using CFLs. COSTS AND DRAWBACKS OF USING CFLS Unfortunately, CFLs have their share of disadvantages and limitations. Most of them stem from the fact that not every bulb is suitable for every job, so it is more a matter of finding the right match. The only real disadvantage as far as I can see is the mercury content.
While CFLs are supposed to last about 10,000 hours, turning them on and off too frequently can reduce that lifetime substantially. They are unsuitable for places where you would turn on the light only briefly. These bulbs should be used only where they will be left on for a while without being turned on and off frequently. HOW CAN THE COSTS OF USING CFLS BE MINIMIZED There are ways to maximize the efficiency of CFLs, including awareness of the ambient temperature surrounding the bulb and how long the light will remain on. In particular, CFLs work most efficiently within the temperature range designated on the package, which will depend on whether the bulb is designated for indoor or outdoor use. Also, the CFL will be more efficient when left on for longer periods of time, rather than repeatedly turned on and off. SAFE AND DANGEROUS WAYS TO DISPOSE CFLS Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) are a type of low-energy bulb used to replace incandescent bulbs. CFL bulbs often resemble spirals or tubes. They last longer and use 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), CFLs should be recycled and discarded as hazardous waste due to low levels of mercury present in each bulb. If recycling is not an option, learning how to remove and discard CFL bulbs in your trash can prevents them from breaking and contaminating your home and the surrounding environment with mercury.

Check your recycling options. Call your waste management company to find out regulations for disposing CFLs in your county. Ask if there is a hazardous waste drop-off in your county. Follow instructions for recycling and dropping off CFLs in your county, if available. Call retail hardware stores to ask if they offer disposal options for CFLs. recycle your CFLs at a retail store. Another option is to check the packaging of CFL bulbs for mail-back instructions and to send bulbs back, once receiving a designated manufacturer kit and directions. WHAT ARE THE BEST ALTERNATIVES Incandescent light bulbs are being fazed out; compact fluorescent lights are the current recommended general light source. LED lamps will probably replace CFLs in a few years. CFLs are considered hazardous waste when disposed of as they use mercury to generate light. Thanks For Watching By:Abitha,Makala,Sahib,Dawson A compact fluorescent lamp (CFL), also called compact fluorescent light, energy-saving light, and compact fluorescent tube, is a fluorescent lamp designed to replace an incandescent lamp; some types fit into light fixtures formerly used for incandescent lamps. The lamps use a tube which is curved or folded to fit into the space of an incandescent bulb, and compact electronic ballast in the base of the lamp.

Compared to general-service incandescent lamps giving the same amount of visible light, CFLs use one-fifth to one-third the electric power, and last eight to fifteen times longer. A CFL has a higher purchase price than an incandescent lamp, but can save over five times its purchase price in electricity costs over the lamp's lifetime. Like all fluorescent lamps, CFLs contain mercury, which complicates their disposal. In many countries, governments have established recycling schemes for CFLs and glass generally.
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