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The Decline of the Incandescent Bulb?

For almost 130 years now consumers have been buying and using the good old incandescent household bulbs day in and day out. In that time there has never been any major change to the technology of the bulb. The bulb’s inefficient use of energy has never been a big factor and the uptake of more energy efficient, compact fluorescent bulbs has been slow. It is clear the incandescent bulbs, converting only 5% of the energy they receive into light, falls well short of the energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs. Compact fluorescents use 70-75% less electricity, last about 10 time longer, produce fewer greenhouse gases and save consumers about $30 over the life of the bulb. So why has only 6% of households decided to break the “incandescent habit?” When compact fluorescents were first introduced the technology was not yet perfected. These bulbs often took a few seconds to start, were perceived as funny looking, could not be dimmable and did not fit into standard fixtures. Though there have been many improvements to the compact fluorescent, they still have a much higher cost associated with them than the common incandescent. In recent times some big names have been shedding a lot of light on the shortcomings of the incandescent bulb and their future may be changing.

Related Links: Standard Spring Compact Fluorescents, GU24 Base Spring Compact Fluorescents, TCP 19032 Three-way Compact Fluorescents

Dimmable Compact Fluorescents

Philips Halogena


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  1. * savinoxide says:

    I think part of the problem for people when it comes to switching is the initial cost of the compact florescent, between $8 and $12 depending of the store and the light output. I do have one secret for getting around that cost; go to an electrical wholesale warehouse. My husband works at one and they sell the compacts for more like $4 or $5 each. We are going to be giving 1 or 2 out to everyone this Christmas.


    Savin Oxide

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 4 months ago
  2. * lightingsupply says:

    I agree… I have a few listed on the site but here are some links…<—— only 1.25 per bulb

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 4 months ago
  3. The best lighting blog

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 3 months ago

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