A19 LED Bulb, Reviewed

This is a guest post by Richard T. Berry LED bulbs are expensive, and many still don’t deliver the warm ambient light pleasant to the eye. But things are changing. Recently, Philips has launched a new A19 SlimStyle LED bulb that promises more efficiency with 22.8 years of lifetime. The company claims that the public criticisms of LEDs being more expensive and duller than classic incandescent bulbs simply didn’t take into account advances in LED technology. What we liked about {Read More}

Green Your Lighting With Eco Friendly Light Bulbs

In modern lighting systems, eco-friendly compact fluorescent light (CFL) and light-emitting diode (LED) are rapidly growing energy efficient solutions that have almost completely replaced the classic incandescent bulbs, which consume significantly higher energies, in almost every aspect of lighting applications. Aside from energy efficiency, CFL and LED bulbs are also more versatile in terms of design and structure making these lighting technologies ideal for different building interiors. Respectively, CFL and LED lifetimes are also known to last up to ten {Read More}

What are the Most Common Types of CFL Bulbs?

Q: What are the most common types of CFL bulbs? Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are designed to replace many frequently used incandescent bulbs. They have the efficiency of fluorescent lighting but also the convenience of incandescent lamps. Some compact fluorescent lamps can fit into regular fixtures used for incandescent lamps. Compared to incandescent lamps, CFLs cost three to ten times more. However, CFLs reduce energy use by over 70 percent and last 8-15 times as long. Here are some common {Read More}

Are CFLs Dimmable?

Q: Are CFL bulbs dimmable?   Yes, but CFL bulbs must be designed to work on a dimming circuit. Due to the more demanding circuitry, dimmable CFLs are more expensive than standard CFLs. Dimming for incandescent bulbs works by reducing the amount of power sent to the bulb, which is not recommended to CFL bulbs. Reducing the amount of power to a CFL bulb can keep its filament from getting a sufficient amount of heat to function correctly and the {Read More}

How to Dispose of a CFL?

Q: How can I safely dispose of a CFL bulb?   Compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs are fantastic energy savers but they contain up to 5 milligrams of mercury, which is hazardous to the environment if improperly discarded. Here are ways to safely dispose of CFL bulbs. Several big retailers offer CFL bulbs disposal programs Home Depot. Consumer CFL recycling program has been offered since 2008. Simply take your used, unbroken CFLs bulbs, place them in a plastic bag and {Read More}