Optimize the life of your CFL bulbPosted by Stacie Staub on Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 at 2:38pm.
Dimmers - Only use CFL bulbs specifically designed for dimmers – otherwise you’re reducing the lifespan by 85% – 100%! The lifespan is still reduced if you leave the dimmer on high constantly.
Heat & Humidity – Heat and humidity cut into a CFL’s lifespan because heat builds up inside the glass bulb. A cool bulb will last longer.
Rapid Switching – CFL lifespans are calculated based on three-hour run times. So, if your CFL’s are in a room where they’re switched on and off frequently — like a bathroom — they probably aren’t going to live to their projected lifespan. If your fixture turns on and off more than 20 times in a 24 hour period, you shouldn’t use a CFL. It will reduce the bulb’s lifespan by 25% – 35%.
Vibration – CFL’s in fixtures that vibrate, like ceiling fans and garage door openers, won’t perform well because the vibration adds stress to the bulb because vibration causes the electronic components in the ballast to separate.
Luckily, there are other green options! If you’re frustrated with a CFL flickering out over your bathroom sink or in your son’s ceiling fan, use a halogen incandescent or LED light instead. Find other ways to green, clean, maintain, decorate and entertain in your home from our friends at BrightNest.com!
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