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Enviromental Benefits of Compact Spiral Fluorescents! January 2, 2009

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Dr Z loves Spiral Fluorescent bulbs. Just don't lick them!

Dr Z loves Spiral Fluorescent bulbs. Just don't lick them!



ZOinks! Its Me! Dr. Z again!










     One of my favorite lightbulbs is the compact fluorescent light bulb .(aka cfl, spiral, and the bulb of the future) Now for my own personal tastes I love the futuristic Buck Rogers shape to these things! My good friend Dr. Lumi loves their soft cone ice cream appearance ..Perhaps too well..A unfortunate accident this last New Years eve at the annual Bulb-a Rama for the New Year Party left him with a badly burnt tongue and he is now in the hospital recovering from this misshap. Warning..Do not lick lightbulbs! Spiral or not..Hopefully Dr Lumi will return next week and start his helping me out with updating this humble little site…But anyways I digress..

As you may of heard compact fluorescent bulbs have some great enviromental benefits.Half of the electricity in the  United States is generated by coal burning plants. Coal is used because it is one of the cheapest sources of enegy but unfortunately it produces cardon dioxide the greenhouse  linked to global warming.   

The reason compact fluorescents are good for the enviroment is that they use less energy to produce the same amount of light as a standard incandescent. A 13 watt CFL can product the same light as a 75-100 watt incandescent!   The less energy used to produce the same light means less coal needed to be burned and less carbon emmissions. Now if you think about the energy saved over a year, it really adds up! Who would thought changing a lightbulb could have such far range impact!

Here is a great round up of fact from  FastCompany  as to how world changing the Compact Fluorescent can be!

1. If every one of 110 million American households bought just one ice-cream-cone bulb, took it home, and screwed it in the place of an ordinary 60-watt bulb, the energy saved would be enough to power a city of 1.5 million people.

2. Compact fluorescents emit the same light as classic incandescents but use 75% or 80% less electricity.

3. A $3 swirl pays for itself in lower electric bills in about five months.

4. Compact fluorescents, even in heavy use, last 5, 7, 10 years. Years. Install one on your 30th birthday; it may be around to help illuminate your 40th.

5. The single greatest source of greenhouse gases in the United States is power plants–half our electricity comes from coal plants. One bulb swapped out: enough electricity saved to turn off two entire power plants–or skip building the next two.

6. In terms of oil not burned, or greenhouse gases not exhausted into the atmosphere, one bulb is equivalent to taking 1.3 million cars off the roads.

7. Last year, U.S. consumers spent about $1 billion to buy about 2 billion lightbulbs–5.5 million every day. Just 5%, 100 million, were compact fluorescents.

8. In the next 12 months, starting with a major push this month, Wal-Mart wants to sell every one of its regular customers–100 million in all–one swirl bulb.

9. Early CFLs cost $25 per bulb (and still paid for themselves in electricity savings). The light they produced was bluish or pinkish, or varied; the phosphor coating had to be refined. The ballast–built into the bulb rather than in a separate fixture, as with traditional fluorescent tubes–hummed and didn’t cycle the electricity quickly enough; it had to be made electronic and miniaturized. Costs came down, as did size. The same wizardry that gives us Hallmark birthday cards that play “Love and Happiness” makes possible CFLs at $2.60 instead of $25.

10. A 60-watt classic bulb and a 15-watt swirl are identically bright–the swirl just uses 45 fewer watts. Source: FastCompany



Until next time gang!

Dr. Z




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