A s this summer’s heat wave brought home in dramatic
fashion, energy use in the Tennessee Valley is increas-
ing and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.
But cutting part of that growth could be as simple as changing
a light bulb.
Fluorescent lights, those long tubular bulbs in virtually every
office in the country, use much less energy — about two-thirds
less — than normal incandescent bulbs. With the advent of
compact fluorescent bulbs, or CFLs, fluorescents have made their
way out of the office and into home lighting fixtures where they
can last up to 10 years before needing to be replaced.
“CFLs cost a little more initially, but their longevity and ener-
gy savings make them a much better deal in the long run,” says
Angela Carroll, TVA marketing manager for Residential Products.
“If you are using a 60-watt incandescent bulb in a reading lamp,
you could replace that bulb with a 15-watt CFL. The energy sav-
ings over the life of the bulb could be as much as $40.”
Choosing the right CFL
Carroll says there are several things to consider when purchas-
ing a CFL. First, compare CFL bulb wattage to the equivalent
incandescent you are replacing. Manufacturers include this in-
formation on the packaging in common terms such as “Soft
White 60” or “60-Watt Replacement.” Next, check the lumen rat-
ing. The higher the lumen rating, the greater the light output.
CFLs are available in varying shades of white light. For ex-
ample, most CFLs provide a soft white light for your home. How-
ever, you should choose a cooler color if you require task light-
ing. Look for an ENERGY STAR-qualified CFL for the right appli-
cation, and you should not have any problems with satisfaction.
“ENERGY STAR recommends using CFLs in open fixtures that
allow airflow, such as table and floor lamps, wall sconces, pendants
and outdoor fixtures that are used at least 15 minutes at a time or
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