CFL Rebates: Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Posted on 12 July 2011

Compact fluorescent light bulbs are fluorescent lamps which are replacing the incandescent lamps commonly used in houses. They have less power consumption. So they save money as well as conserve energy. This means that the higher purchasing price of a fluorescent lamp is easily recovered.


Fluorescent Light Bulbs

The power savings are upto 75%. They last about 6 to 10 times longer than the incandescent bulbs normally used at homes. This means that if an incandescent bulb used 5 hours a day lasts 6 months, a fluorescent bulb will last 3 years.

Impact on Environment:

Recently, there has been a global awareness regarding the need to conserve energy. This is because many non-renewable resources will be depleted if continued to be used without restraint. By using less energy, Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs serve this purpose. They also reduce pollution caused by power plants in producing electricity.

Money Saving:

First of all, your electricity cost for lights is reduced by 75%, if you were using incandescent lamps before. Money is also saved as Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs need not be replaced that frequently. So the initial extra cost of purchasing is accounted for.

Operating Life:

An incandescent bulb operating at 60 kilowatts is equivalent to a fluorescent bulb of 13 kilowatts. They are designed to last 6000 to 15000 hours. Incandescent bulbs will last only about 750 to 1000 hours in comparison.


Cost of fluorescent bulb: 3 dollars

Cost of an incandescent bulb: approximately less than a dollar.

It will have to be replaced ten times for every one CFL bulb. This saves $10-$3= $7.

It saves $30 during its lifetime which is of 3 years. This means that it saves $3 in 6 months. So we can conclude that payback is within half a year.


CFLs contain mercury. If you throw it out, you are actually throwing the toxic mercury into landfill. It should be disposed of properly. The environment protection agency has outlined ways of disposing of CFL bulbs.

What to Do If You Break a Bulb?

What to Do If You Break a Bulb

Keep all the children and pets out of the room. Avoid vacuuming immediately as the mercury will be turned to toxic vapors. Shut down air conditioning or central heating system. Leave the room for 15 minutes.

What to Do Next:

After that you can pick up the glass fragments. Remove small pieces and powder using a duct tape. For hard surfaces, use wet towel to wipe the surface and dispose of it in a sealed bag. For carpets and rugs, you can vacuum the area and dispose of the vacuum bag. Wash your hands afterwards.

Further Precautions:

Turn off the air conditioning or central heating system whenever you vacuum the room. Do this for the next few times. Keep it turned off till 15 minutes after vacuuming. Keep the window open during that time.




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