Modern CFs have minimum startup times (less than 1 second), electronic ballasts (no “hum”), a wide working-temperature range. Their good light quality (3,200 degrees K, average), long life (8,000 to 12,000 hours), and one-year (or more) warranties translate into great value. A hardened electronic ballast is standard now, with a built-in spike protector for up to 130 volts.
Lighting typically accounts for about 15 percent of a home’s electrical load, and using CFs can reduce your lighting load by as much as 75 percent compared to using incandescent or halogen bulbs. You also save time by using CFs, since you won’t have to replace bulbs as often. A CF rated at 10,000 hours, used three to four hours a day can last up to seven years.
Just try it for yourself. CF technology is stable, proven, and readily available off the shelf. It has a terrific payback in benefits to the buyer, and to the community at large. Get your hands on some CFs and start saving today.
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