How does compact fluorescent lights benefit the consumer?
Advantages of CFLs
CFLs are up to four times more efficient than incandescent bulbs. You can replace a 100-watt incandescent bulb with a 22-watt CFL and get the same amount of light. CFLs use 50- to 80-percent less energy than incandescent lights.
Do compact fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury?
CFLs contain very small amounts of mercury
On average, CFLs contain about four milligrams of mercury sealed within the glass tubing. … No mercury is released when the bulbs are intact (i.e., not broken) or in use, but mercury vapor and very small beads of mercury can be released when a CFL is broken.
Is CFL same as LED?
In short form, here are the answers: CFL is the curly light bulb and LED is the long light bulb. And, in the CFL vs LED battle for energy efficiency, the LED light benefits make it a winner, hands down.
What happens if you break CFL bulb?
Despite some alarming news reports, you don’t have much to worry about. If a CFL breaks, some of the mercury that’s contained in the bulb will evaporate into the air.
Why CFL have become so popular?
They are generally intended to replace incandescent light bulbs. They have become very popular mainly due to their lower energy consumption (about one-fourth – 25%) for the same amount of light output compared to incandescent light bulbs. As a result, they are perceived as being “green”.
Why is a compact fluorescent light bulb more efficient than an incandescent bulb?
The phosphor fluoresces to produce light. A fluorescent bulb produces less heat, so it is much more efficient. … This makes fluorescent bulbs four to six times more efficient than incandescent bulbs. That’s why you can buy a 15-watt fluorescent bulb that produces the same amount of light as a 60-watt incandescent bulb.