Thursday, November 16, 2006
Or should I rather buy some stock in this!? ;)
Heck, I'll even fully endorse the thing - if the price is right!
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
If every household in the U.S. replaced one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL), it would prevent enough pollution to equal removing one million cars from the road. CFLs provide high-quality light, smart technology, and design, requiring less energy while lasting longer than typical incandescent bulbs.
Earning the ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs use 66% less energy than a standard incandescent bulb and last up to 10 times longer. Replacing a 100-watt incandescent with a 32-watt CFL can save you at least $30 in energy costs over the life of the bulb.
ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs operate at less than 100F, they are also safer than typical halogen bulbs, which are frequently used in floor lamps or torchieres and burn at 1,000F. Due to their high heat output, halogens can cause burns and fires. CFLs are cool to the touch.
Remember, saving energy prevents pollution.
ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs provide the same amount of light (lumens) as standard incandescent bulbs, but have lower wattage ratings. This means they use less energy and cause less pollution. If you are unfamiliar with the best CFL wattage to use for your lighting needs, always refer to the lumen, or light output on the product packaging as your guide. For example, most 60-watt incandescents provide around 800 lumens, so look for ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs that provide 800 lumens or more.
Use the table below to become familiar with the lumen or light output range for the most popular residential incandescent bulbs.
Dare to compare...!
A-shaped Incandescent Bulb (Watts) > Typical Lumens (Measure of Light Output)
40 > 450
60 > 800
75 > 1,100
100 > 1,600
150 > 2,600
Ahh - yes! It is good to be king!
I guess that this means something more humanitarian now (as in "I am thinking of all of you folks - I want your homes well-lit! Especially in the dark of the night, on these cold winters we have..." Would you buy that?) And it also means something more financially lucrative - for me! (Indeed, it is all about having you buy the luminous Lumens-efficient CFLs! Especially if I own stock there...!!!) Hmm... Who would have thought that I, the first guy to down the CFL (Canadian Football League that is) and define its acronym as "the Comedy Football League" - I would be championing a CFL now...! Ahh - the irony! I am NOT a cheerleader per se, though - whoa, hold it right there right now! At this point, I should probably point out that I am a true connaisseur, that's all... And the smartest damn consumer around this side of dixie or something...! If I do say so myself... ;)
I'm not an easy customer to satisfy nor to please, that is for damn sure!
If CFLs are A-OK in my book - chances are great that they'll be A-OK in your book too! Even if you live in Timbuktu or something...! But I digress...!