Save More, Spend Less with Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs


According to the U.S. Department of Energy, if every American home replaced just one light bulb with an Energy Star qualified compact fluorescent light bulb, we would prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars.

Compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs, aren’t just better for the environment, they can save you a lot of money on your electric bills.

While they may cost a little more initially, a single CFL lasts 8-15 times longer than any incandescent bulb, with a lifespan of 6,000 to 15,000 hours. This translates to a savings of approximately $30 in electricity costs over the life of the bulb. The cost savings are compounded by the fact that CFLs virtually eliminate the need to constantly change bulbs.

So much has changed for CFLs over the years. No longer are compact fluorescent bulbs playing second fiddle to traditional light bulbs. These green energy saving bulbs come in a variety of sizes, shapes and light ratings to fit almost any lighting fixture.  CFLs are more stylish, more mainstream and designed to fit seamless into any room’s décor.

Despite all these benefits, some people are reluctant to switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs because of the trace amounts of mercury contained inside. Unlike incandescent bulbs, CFLs must be disposed of properly. When you’re ready to recycle your light bulbs simply drop them off at a local recycling center.

About Barbara Holbrook

Barbara lives in Southern California where she writes about technology, design and smart ways to go green.


  1. LED lights are the future. Use even less power than a CFL and last even longer.

    Typically an ordinary light bulb is 50w, CFL equivalent about 12w and LED equivalent about 4w.

    LEDs cost more but concentrate on the most used bulbs first. Payback on an ordinary bulb is about a year to 18months.

    It’s not rocket science. It’s just common sense!!

  2. Yes I agree with Giles and there’s also a tax advantage in the UK for businesses to using LED’s over CFL lamps according to one of my suppliers as they are seen as an investment rather than a disposable item. Much nicer quality of light too than fluorescent so win win!

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