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Casa Verde: More Reasons to Use CFLs

Compact flourescent lightbulbs (CFLs) have gotten a bad rap for years, and granted, they had really poor light quality in the past. But the new generation of CFLs have consistently proven themselves to be great for indoor home lighting—in fact, a recent study showed that study participants preferred the light quality from the CFL fixtures, and that they registered better across color spectrums as well!

The n:vision soft white CFL scored particularly high with an overall "A" score on the test.

Want to try CFLs, but worried about their mercury content? Then

Yes, it's true. CFLs contain mercury. But not much. Unless you broke a CFL bulb, wiped the mercury up with your bare hands, and then licked your hand, you're probably going to be just fine. And that's my advice to you: Always clean up broken CFLs with gloves. But the other burning question is what's better for the environment, CFLs or incandescents. In a word: CFLs. You can get the full breakdown here, but to sum up, CFLs require a lot less energy to produce light. That means incandescents require more power. Most of this power comes from coal plants, and coal plants release a lot more mercury than CFLs do.

Bottom line: Replace your incandescent bulbs with CFLs. And check with your local utility before you do, since a lot of utilities are now offering rebates and coupons for their customers to make the switch.


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Pammy Pammy 9 years
I've been using them for about a year or so and have no complaints!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I bought some the other day! Yay I'm making effort to save our planet!
lexichloe lexichloe 9 years
I've heard negatives and positives from my neighbors. The majority are in the negative category.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
cool. thanks for this. it seems like there are still so many people who don't have these in their homes. i put in all new ones when i installed some new light fixtures at my mom's house but some of the fixtures weren't big enough to accomodate CFLs, which is kind of a problem! i hope more and more companies start making them in different sizes and shapes. i am still a fan of the IKEA ones. i've tried a lot of brands but their bulbs seem to be the best and cheapest (plus the non-3pack ones have a rubber casing so that the mercury doesn't come out if you drop one).
QuirkyLove QuirkyLove 9 years
I'm all for helping the environment but these things give me migraines so bad I puke.
Orangecrush43 Orangecrush43 9 years
thie exspensive but help the planet
milly76 milly76 9 years
i love extoling the virtues of clfs - to ensure maximum quality always purchase ENERGY STAR cfls.
redegg redegg 9 years
Still not a big fan. I did read about a new bulb they are creating that is supposed to last for a ridiculous long time, like 50 years, and contains no mercury and generates it's own light! I'm trying to remember accurately, but I read about it in Forbes last month. Now that sounds cool!
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