Tags: CFL, Compact Fluorescent Lamp, compact fluorescent light bulbs
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Why Are Some Light Bulbs Going Away? January 21, 2011Posted by bowmanlamps in compact fluorescent.
Tags: CFL, compact fluorescent light bulbs, E.I.S.A., Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, light bulbs
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With California leading the pack by starting the phase-out of 100 Watt incandescent light bulbs a year earlier than the rest of the U.S. they have started a mild uproar. Many people are misinformed about the reasoning for the laws and what options they now have with the new laws being put into place. The new laws are introducing you to a new variety of energy efficient options.
First off, there are many great reasons why this law was put into place in 2007. 90% of electricity that incandescent light bulbs use is wasted as heat. With over 4.5 billion sockets in the U.S. and around 3 billion still using inefficient technology, we are wasting over $13 billion a year in electricity. The amount of electricity that we will be saving with the new standards is just about equal to the amount of electricity that all of the homes in the state of Texas use in an entire year.
The new lighting standards are also environmentally friendly. The new standards will reduce the amount of CO2 emissions by 100 million tons per year. 100 million tons would be the equivalent of around 12.5 million elephants. This is a huge savings and helps in the fight against global warming and pollution.
The new lighting laws are not banning incandescent lighting; they are just weeding out inefficient options. These laws actually put the consumer in the driver’s seat for picking the right energy efficient light bulb for any application. There are many different CFL, LED and halogen options to choose from that all meet the new standards and will provide the same amount of light that people are used to in their homes. Without out these new standards lighting technology and innovation would probably be in the same place that it was 15 years ago.
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has recently published a great paper called Shedding New Light on the U.S. Energy Efficiency Standards For Everyday Light Bulbs on some of the changes and how they are impacting the everyday consumer. It’s a great read for anyone that is concerned about how the new lighting laws are going to affect them and really puts the rumors about how the government is banning traditional light bulbs to rest.
For a wide selection of lighting options, visit BowmanLamps.com.
This article first appeared on TCP Bright Point, a blog about lighting innovation.
What is a Cold Cathode Light Bulb? December 8, 2010Posted by bowmanlamps in Cold Cathode.
Tags: CCFL, CFL, cold cathode light bulbs, compact fluorescent light bulbs
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A light bulb is a light bulb is a light bulb – right? Wrong! There are certain types of light bulbs (or lamps as they are known in the lighting industry) which meet specific needs. Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamps (CCFL), for instance, are especially useful where dimming, rapid on/off (for signs), or long lamp life is required.
So what is a Cold Cathode Fluorescent Light Bulb? CCFL, like their cousins Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL), use small, integrated ballasts to regulate electric current into a glass tube. The current then reacts with mercury and phosphors to generate ultraviolet light. In traditional CFLs, the cathodes incorporate thin tungsten wires which can reach upwards to 900 degrees Fahrenheit. Cold cathodes use more robust solid metal stubs which max out at 200 degrees Fahrenheit – hence the relatively “cold” cathode.
What are the advantages of Cold Cathode Fluorescent Light Bulbs? Cold Cathodes are ideal for use in theaters, amusement parks, marquees, flashing signs, chandeliers, decorative applications, sanctuaries, down lighting and track lights. They are available in all common shapes, including a-lamps, flame tips, torpedo, G20 globes, G25 globes, G30 globes, R20 floodlights, R30 floodlights, and flat pars.
Dimmable down to 5% of total light output, Cold Cathodes provide more flexibility than CFLs. And, Cold Cathodes last for approximately 25,000 hours of use. That is over 15,000 hours longer than most CFLs. The extended life reduces the maintenance cost and hassle of replacing the lamps.
What are the disadvantages of Cold Cathode Fluorescent Light Bulbs? Cold Cathodes are restricted in light output, reaching only up to 40 watts comparable incandescent. Occasionally, you might see one brigher, up to 60 or 75 watts.) Initial lumens range from 100 to 300. Compare that to the range of a traditional CFL – Upwards past 150 watts comparable incandescent and over 2850 initial lumens. Cold Cathodes tend to cost more than CFL for comparable uses. And finally, Cold Cathode and CFLs do not work well if used with timers, motion detectors, or photo sensors are used. On such systems, small amounts of electricity continuously enter the bulbs, even when turned off, diminishing the life of a Cold Cathode or CFL.
Energy Saving CFL Light Bulb As Art? September 12, 2010Posted by bowmanlamps in compact fluorescent, lighting.
Tags: CFL, compact fluorescent light bulbs, designer light bulbs
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I’m not sure what all the fuss is about. Some people think spiral-shaped compact fluorescent light bulbs are ugly. I think they are kinda cute.
Not to worry, though, if you just can’t stand that spiral look. A London-based company has just announced a “designer” CFL – the Plumen 001. It is designed to offer the same CFL 80 percent energy savings over standard incandescents. But it has a unique twist which architecurally intrigues individuals while providing light.
It currently sells for about $38 U.S. – little pricey – and not yet available in the United States. The company is planning to release a similar version for the U.S. market in 2011.
What Wattage CFL Light Bulb Should I Buy? September 6, 2010Posted by bowmanlamps in compact fluorescent.
Tags: CFL, dimmable, light color, three-way
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When purchasing a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) how do you know what wattage CFL light bulb to buy? While there is some variation among manufacturers, the chart below shows typical wattage conversions. In general, the wattage of a CFL is one-fourth of a comparable incandescent light bulb.
- 25 watt incandescent = 5 watt compact fluorescent
- 40 watt incandescent= 9 watt compact fluorescent
- 60 watt incandescent = 14 watt compact fluorescent
- 75 watt incandescent = 20 watt compact fluorescent
- 90 watt incandescent = 23 watt compact fluorescent
- 100 watt incandescent = 27 watt compact fluorescent
- 125 watt incandescent = 32 watt compact fluorescent
- 150 watt incandescent = 42 watt compact fluorescent
- 300 watt incandescent = 68 watt compact fluorescent
While the mid range wattages are easy to find on store shelves, the lower and hight wattages – as well as three-way, dimmable, and various light colors – may not be so easy to find. See what is available at the Bowman Lamps online store.
Tags: CFL, Compact Fluorescents, European Light Bulb Ban, LED
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While I’m curious – and even a little annoyed – that governments feel the need to ban one type of light bulb in favor of another, I have to admit my experience with the recent versions of compact fluorescents does not warrant the angst reported in The Washington Times editorial Europe’s Light Bulb Socialism. The article states:
“Beginning today, it is a crime to manufacture or ship for sale a traditional 75-watt incandescent light bulb in the European Union. Autocrats in Brussels last year declared war on Edison’s greatest invention with a ban on 100-watt lamps. Homes throughout the Old World will continue to dim until incandescent lighting of all types is snuffed out in 2012 – the same year the United States is scheduled to begin a phaseout schedule mirroring the European plan.“The EU‘s final solution to the incandescent problem was sparked by bureaucratic irritation at a public that refused to accept the pale, flickering, cold light emanating from government-approved, expensive compact fluorescent bulbs.”
Oh come on! There are many options available, including high-quality CFL and emerging LED lamps. It’s been my experience that the majority of bulbs do last. I have bulbs in my home which I’ve been waiting years for them to burn out so I can try a newer model. And the minute amount of mercury inside CFL bulbs is nothing compared to that released by a coal-fired power plant. Plus the bulbs are easily recycled. LEDs do not contain mercury.
If you want to express concern about the government meddling in what should be a free market advancement, please go ahead. But do not accept the “pale, flickering, cold light” CFL description. Qaulity compact fluorescents and the new LEDs are far beyond that. Try one! You will be pleasantly surprised.
Just What is a CFL Anyway? August 30, 2010Posted by bowmanlamps in compact fluorescent, lighting.
Tags: CFL, Compact Fluorescent Lamp, Light Bulb
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It seems we’ve all heard of CFLs. And we are told we should use them in order to save money, save energy and save the environment. But what exactly are they?
CFL stands for compact fluorescent lamp. (lamp, in lighting lingo, means light bulb to individuals outside the lighting industry.) A CFL is a small fluorescent light bulb that uses 75% less energy than a traditional incandescent bulb and can be screwed into a regular light socket. CFL light bulbs also last about 10 times longer than an incandescent light bulb.
Two main parts make up a CFL: a gas-filled tube and a magnetic or electronic ballast. An electric current is driven through the tube containing argon gas and a small amount of mercury vapor. The resulting ultraviolet light (which we cannot see) excites a fluorescent coating inside the tube, giving off light which we can see.
Most CFLs today use electronic ballasts to regulate the current, helping to provide a steady glow. Older style CFLs use magnetic ballasts which often caused an annoying buzz or hum.
CFLs are available in just about any style or shape, including the characteristic spiral, floodlights, globes, standard pear or A-shape, and chandelier bulbs. Bases include the tiny chandelier, the standard medium base, and the large mogul base. There is also the snap-in GU24 base, which offers easy installation.
Light color is another CFL option, from warm white, to cool white to daylight white. Generally, warm white – 2700K to 3000K – is most like the light of a standard incandescent. CFLs in the area of 3500K to 4100K offer a whiter light. And for daylight white, choose a light bulb in the 5000K to 6500K range. The color temp is generally marked on a CFL package. Add to that the options of primary colors, shatterproofing, and more, the options seem endless.
And it all begins with a small glass tube and ballast. View different style of CFLs here.
Hospitality Lighting: Green, Glowing, & Growing August 13, 2010Posted by bowmanlamps in compact fluorescent, hospitality lighting.
Tags: CFL, compact fluorescent lighting, hospitality lighting, hotel light bulbs, hotel lighting
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In the not too distant past, hotels, motels and resorts seemed to announce their commitment to “going green” and “saving green” with long-lasting compact fluorescent lighting (CFL) in guest rooms. The only problem was, the light was not very flattering, often flickered, and took a while to warm up to full brightness. Still, with a 75 percent energy savings over standard incandescent lighting, could you blame the hospitality industry for trying?
Today, however, the situation has changed. From large, luxurious resorts to simple family hotels, compact fluorescent lighting is used to highlight guest rooms, offering a welcoming atmosphere. The technology has improved to the point where guests do not even notice the difference in the light source.
Quality, contemporary compact fluorescent lighting offers an inviting atmosphere in a variety of light colors, flicker free operation, instant brightness, dimmable and three-way options. Guests can no longer tell by the lighting in their rooms about a hotel’s commitment to energy savings, as well as its commitment to reducing the hotel electric bill. Going green never looked so good.
Why buy compact fluorescent light bulbs? It’s simple – quality, cost, and conservation. June 16, 2010Posted by bowmanlamps in compact fluorescent, compact fluorescent light bulbs, lumen output number, energy savings, lighting industry.
Tags: CFL, compact fluorescent, cost cutting, energy-saving
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Compact fluorescent technology has come a long way since the first CFLs were made in the 1970s. Consumers now have many pleasing, reliable options.
Choose from high quality bulbs which emit soft white, bright white, or daylight white illumination. Quick start, flicker-free, and dimmable technology add to the superior, long-lasting performance of today’s quality compact fluorescent light bulbs. In addition, compact fluorescents continue to shrink in size and come in many decorative shapes, making them ready replacements for their incandescent counterparts.
Cost is another issue. What business or household doesn’t want to save money? Initially, CFLs do cost more than regular light bulbs. But once you start adding up the costs, the value becomes obvious. With CFLs, you save money every month on your electric bill. For instance, replacing a 60 watt incandescent bulb with a 15 watt CFL could save $25 or more over its lifetime. That’s just one light bulb. Imagine the cost savings of if all the bulbs are replaced in a home, hotel, office or store!
Environmentally aware individuals and businesses appreciate the energy saving qualities of compact fluorescent light bulbs. The government agency Energy Star states “If every home in America replaced just one incandescent light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified CFL, in one year it would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes.” Factor in the reduced greenhouse gas emissions from generating electricity, and the environmental advantages are obvious. True, compact fluorescent lights do contain a small amount of mercury. But it is nowhere near the amount released into the air through coal-fired electricity plants. Plus CFLS may be easily recycled.