Since the invention of compact fluorescent light bulbs, users have been
saving energy with the most efficient small light source available.
Compact fluorescent are the smaller fluorescents you see used in almost any type
of light fixture that used to use an incandescent light bulb. When it comes to lighting up a
or garage, compact fluorescent bulbs tend to be the ones chosen more often than
other types of bulbs. They are chosen most often because of the great light
output and good color along with energy efficiency as well. When compared to
incandescent lighting, these are longer lasting, using much
less energy making them a perfect choice for almost any type of lighting. There are several kinds of
compact types which include the regular household base, some that are plug-in
types and some short linear bulbs.
As with all fluorescent bulbs, they rely on ballasts inside of the fixtures
or units to make them work. The ballast is important because
it is specific for each type of lamp. You can't change from one type of
fluorescent to another without changing the ballast in most cases.
On a rare occasion there may be a ballast that is made for several different
types such as in the case of some commercial plug-in Sylvania Dulux lamps. Most of the time
though the ballast in the lamp
are matched electrically and so it's good to make sure the ballast you have is
the right one for the lamp you choose. Many of you are probably familiar with
the screw base that you would use a regular household light socket. On
these, the ballast is an integral part of the lamp itself. Usually they
are a one-piece unit and when you're done with it, you recycle it. This
is good for home users because you don't have to determine what has gone bad when it finally does get to the end of its life. You simply replace it with a complete new bulb that you have.
You can get these in almost any color you want including the more desirable full
spectrum light. The full spectrum has special phosphors that give it a
similar color to daylight or natural sunshine. It produces light the way
our eyes naturally use it, giving better visual acuity and reducing problems
like eyestrain. But fluorescents can come in many other colors as well and
are identified by their Kelvin temperature. By definition, virtually all are
full spectrum in that they contain some of all colors in their spectral range.
However, the term full spectrum is primarily used when referring to those lamps
that fall into the white to blue/white color temperature range. Color
temperature is measured by a term called Kelvin. 3000 Kelvin would be a warm
tone color, 5000 Kelvin would be a white color and 6500 Kelvin would be a
blue/white color. You'll find a great variety of these for your home in
the regular household base, so you don't have to change out fixtures or table
lamps, simply screw it in.
With the advent of higher electrical costs, many businesses are looking for ways
to save energy with lighting. Obviously, compact fluorescent light bulbs
are the perfect choice to replace higher wattage incandescent lamps and save
energy. You can do this in your home as well. Just look for areas
where you might use incandescent light bulbs and find the right replacement on
our web site. You will find a great reduction in your electrical bill
while still getting the amount of light that you want. Keep an eye out for
electric utility rebates in your area which might be available for compact
fluorescent light bulbs. This is more true in commercial lighting than it
is for residential as they are a larger user of electricity during the day or
high demand times.
Remember that there are many types of compact fluorescent light bulbs, we describe some
of the most common used in home and commercial lighting here. Keep in mind
that we also stock all the larger or linear types of fluorescent lamps used in
commercial lighting. Whatever type you choose or have, you will be saving
energy while getting the most light you can for your money. We have a
large inventory of fluorescent bulbs for nearly every type of light fixture in
the field. If you need help identifying a bulb, our customer
service representatives can help you determine what you have.