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Casa Verde: Switch to Compact Fluorescent Lights

Swapping out your incandescent light bulbs for compact fluorescent lights is one of the easiest eco-friendly changes you can make at home. Though CFLs have a higher price tag than regular light bulbs, they offer extraordinary savings in the long run, both for your pocketbook and the environment. (Find out exactly how much with this Get Green Savings Calculator.)

So what are you waiting for? For five reasons to switch to CFLs right now,

  • CFLs use about 70 to 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs. According to Energy Star, if everyone replaced just one regular bulb with a CFL, the country could save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes a year.
  • They last up to 10 times longer than old-fashioned bulbs, which means getting out the ladder to replace them that much less often.
  • The bulbs give off a nice, warm light — not the harsh, cold glare you're used to with fluorescent tubes.
  • CFLs come in many varieties and can be used with dimmer switches and three-way lighting.
  • They also give off less heat than regular bulbs, so you overall home-cooling costs are likely to go down as well.
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haze1nut haze1nut 10 years
save the world! i love these lightbulbs
OC_ivory OC_ivory 10 years
I prefer the brightest lighting I can get, because I function a lot better in bright lighting, and it makes putting makeup on a lot easier for me than dim lighting. I was so excited a few weeks ago to learn that they have the "Daylight" version of compact fluorescent lights, which are brighter than the original bulb and mimic the color of natural sunlight. I love them! The only downside to buying these bulbs is that these aren't sold in multi-packs, and are more expensive at about $8 a light bulb.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 10 years
I have bought CFLS and they didnt last....seriously.
cmachter1 cmachter1 10 years
I too have replaced all the lights in my home with these...they work great.
haydee haydee 10 years
all are lights have been replaced with these! I feels good to save money
books-and-shoes books-and-shoes 10 years
Every one of these I've bought, I have not had to change yet. It's been about 2 years for me too!
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 10 years
i changed all my bulbs when i moved into my apartment. it's been almost 2 years & i haven't had to change a single one yet!
macgirl macgirl 10 years
We just started to cut over to these and I'm not noticing any problems with them not being as bright. We have some that are special dimmer bulbs and I do notice that they are "noisy" at dimmed levels. Not sure if that is just while they are warming up or not as I can't take the noise and just do it full brightness. Oh and power saving tip: a dimmed bulb takes just as much energy as one on full brightness. If you can get away with turning them off that is the best :-)
vickysecret vickysecret 10 years
Maybe I'm buying the wrong ones, but mine tend to burn out fairly quickly.
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
I don't know if most people have an IKEA nearby - but if you do you should get your CFL's from there - they have so many sizes and wattages and even have the kind that have a rubbery cover so that if they fall they don't spread the mercury around as well as don't make a huge mess. they take recycled CFL bulbs (and batteries) there also - even if you didn't buy it from there. if you have a busted bulb or change your mind on the shape or whatever it is so easy to return stuff there - plus their prices on bulbs are second to none! you can see what the light from a CFL will look like in their stores as they often have a bunch on display.
Alesse Alesse 10 years
We've been changing over to these. If you want to save a few bucks check out your local Sam's Club or Costco, because they sell them in large packs for a much lower price.
uptowngirl1999 uptowngirl1999 10 years
we are slowly changing over. i really hate them--only because the lamp shades don't fit over them as well as normal bulbs. but i like that they help with the environment and save money. plus they also take some time to warm up compared to the old ones. but i am trying to help the environment--SAVE THE EARTH! lol. so it's not too bad and i suppose i can "suffer" thru the qualities i don't care so much for to say i am helping the earth. :-D
CillaB8 CillaB8 10 years
I'm glad someone else mentioned the mercury. I love these bulbs, but most advertisements don't seem to mention that they need to be properly disposed of when they burn out. FYI, on the package, there is a website address that will help you find a proper disposal site near you.
milly76 milly76 10 years
thank you casasugar for this green tip...i work in the environmental industry and this is, indeed, a great way for people to make a difference!
Lucky-Penny Lucky-Penny 10 years
Costco is offering an instant rebate right now on the bulbs which made them less expensive anyway!
AlliJean AlliJean 10 years
Love love love the "green" post. Keep them coming!
fab4 fab4 10 years
My roomate and I put these new bulbs in our new apartment last week. The light looks better and I am anxious to see what the difference is on our bill!
lisett lisett 10 years
casa verde all the way.
junswifey junswifey 10 years
Switching to these energy efficient lights really helped out in college. We've also switched out the lights in our new home. Walmart was having a sale last weekend 70 cents each. Hubby and I bought extra's just in case....not sure about the wattage though.
ziggy ziggy 10 years
They make 100 watt equivalents now. Make sure, if you're using them on a dimmer you get ones designed for that, or they burn out fast (lesson learned here!). They even make smaller, lower profile ones now (so light fixture covers on ceilings still fit :)
ktacce ktacce 10 years
YeS CASA SUGAR, you are the bomb! i'm so so glad you posted this, the switch to the florecent lights is essential to live a 'green' life (something i expect we all strive to do!) - thanks for kicking off with such a fabulous environmentally friendly post!!! check out other environmentally friendly things you can do to reduce your daily impact here: YAYAYAY!!! I'm so excited you posted this! :) :)
jmarc23 jmarc23 10 years
We are gradually swapping our old bulbs out. It's so worth it!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
do they make these lights in various sizes? my bedroom uses what looks like spotlights, not joking.
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
We've swapped out every bulb in our house, too. It is so nice not to have to worry about replacing bulbs all the time!
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
i have these all over the place. i love how they give off so little heat and last so long, plus they are so customizable in terms of wattage, warm vs. cool light etc.
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