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Compact fluorescent light bulbs are in many ways similar to the regular incandescent light bulbs. The differences come with the energy saving qualities that the fluorescent bulb is widely known for. This means the they last up to four and ten times longer than the regular light bulb and use at least a quarter less energy in the process.

Compact fluorescent light bulbs are initially more expensive which has often met with derision among the public. However what is often overlooked is the extended life of these energy saving bulbs which means in the longer term they are in fact better value for money than the incandescent bulb.

When the fluorescent bulb first came into being, the ballasts used were magnetic rather than electronic. This meant the bulb took longer to warm up. Other drawbacks included a flickering when first turned on and a buzzing noise. The consistency of the connection was not ideal nor was its strength. Another problem was the rather garish yellow tint the early bulbs gave out. This was due to the mono-phosphors structure rather than the modern multiple-phosphors.

Nowadays, the technology behind the fluorescent light bulb has increased tremendously. This form of lighting has gone from the infamous office space gloom to the now splendid residential must-have. Today, the majority come with a clean white light and a vast array of choices in exciting colors.

The average life span of a compact fluorescent light bulb is approx 8,000 hours. When compared to the regular incandescent bulbs, which have an average life span of between 500 and 2,000 hours, there is a clear and marked improvement. Not only does this mean less waste in the form of dead bulbs but also the need to climb up a step ladder to change the ceiling lighting fixtures becomes mercifully reduced. This is of particular benefit for the elderly and infirm.

One final point to consider is the use of trace amounts of mercury in compact fluorescent light bulbs. This in itself doesn’t present any danger to your family but it is important to dispose of them carefully by either taking the bulb to a recycling center or returning them to a lighting store where they can recycle them for you.