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Helpful hints for using CFL bulbs

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Don’t screw in the bulb by holding the glass portion. Don’t screw in the bulb by holding the glass portion.
It seems very natural to grab the fluorescent tube part of the bulb, reach out, and screw it in, but the small size of the tube makes this part of the bulb very fragile. It’s surprisingly easy to crush the tube by pushing on it while screwing it in. Instead, reach up and screw in the bulb by using the base.
Keep the size of the bulb in mind. Keep the size of the bulb in mind.
The larger the wattage you use, the larger the bulb is. This is important to think about with covered fixtures, like most of those on the ceiling. Take a look to see what kind of clearance you have inside the fixture before choosing a larger wattage.
Be willing to try a different color. Be willing to try a different color.
Just because fluorescent bulbs have traditionally been very white, that doesn’t mean your CFL bulbs need to be. Likewise, if you never try whiter bulbs because “yellow is the way light’s supposed to be!” then you may be missing out on a light color you actually enjoy. Be willing to try different types and see which one makes your room look the way you want it to.
Don’t let the hype scare you. Don’t let the hype scare you.
Contrary to some reports, you do not need to call in the EPA task squad if one of these bulbs breaks. There are a few simple instructions to follow, and the job’s done.
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