As committed as I am to reducing my impact on the environment, I’ve always had a hard time with the whole compact fluorescent light bulb thing. I know that they use a fraction of the power and last 10 times longer than regular bulbs, but every one that I’ve ever bought has given off an erie, pale blue light that was somehow never quite bright enough. Even bulbs that claimed to give off “warm” light were impossible to live with, so I shamefully stuck with my old energy-sucking bulbs.
I read somewhere recently (Natural Home magazine, I think) that certain kinds of fluorescent bulbs give off a light that’s similar to regular incandescents (apparently the thing to watch for is the number 2700K, which should be on the package somewhere – it was above the Energy Star logo on mine). Not really believing it, I decided to give it one last shot and bought a pack of 23 watt compact fluorescent bulbs. The ones that I got give off 1650 lumens of light and are supposed to be equivalent to a standard 100 watt bulb. I am thrilled to report that I can’t see a difference between the light this bulb gives off and the light given off by the old one. Yay! I will definitely be replacing the bulbs in all of my fixtures with these babies! Here’s some information from the Energy Star website about the benefits of compact fluorescent bulbs:If every American home replaced just one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR, we would save enough energy to light more than 2.5 million homes for a year and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of nearly 800,000 cars. ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs:
Use at least 2/3 less energy than standard incandescent bulbs to provide the same amount of light, and last up to 10 times longer.
Save $30 or more in energy costs over each bulb’s lifetime
Generate 70 percent less heat, so they’re safer to operate and can cut energy costs associated with home cooling. Click here to see them in action.
On another note, I’d like to wish my friends south of the border a safe and happy Thanksgiving! I can’t wait to hear how Phelan made out with her ostrich, I mean, turkey.