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You may be used to your standard watt light bulb. But nowadays it seems
that fluorescent lightings are really gaining popularity.

Unfortunately, over the years fluorescent lightings have carried the
negative stigma that they provide flickering, sickly, green-tinted,
institutional-like, headache-inducing, noisy light. But, those lights
that used to be favored only for lighting the garage are making their way
into other rooms.

Today, the way of fluorescent lighting has ch...


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You may be used to your standard watt light bulb. But nowadays it seems
that fluorescent lightings are really gaining popularity.

Unfortunately, over the years fluorescent lightings have carried the
negative stigma that they provide flickering, sickly, green-tinted,
institutional-like, headache-inducing, noisy light. But, those lights
that used to be favored only for lighting the garage are making their way
into other rooms.

Today, the way of fluorescent lighting has changed. It is not only one of
the most efficient options offered, giving the longest-lasting bulb, but
it also comes in a variety of colors, types, and sizes. And, best of all,
thanks to the new electronic ballasts, they are very quiet.

But you may wonder what exactly makes a fluorescent light a fluorescent
light.

Fluorescent lightings are phosphor-coated, glass tubes that are filled
with an inert gas and also a small amount of mercury. Since different
brands also can have different mixes of the gases that are inside,
fluorescents produce a wide assortment of color light that can easily
match the warm glow often given off by incandescent.

In order to operate correctly, all fluorescent lightings need a
controlling ballast. The ballast alters the electric current that flows
through the fluorescent tube, activating the gas that is inside, causing
it to glow. Newly developed electronic ballasts have the ability to
eliminate the once annoying flicker and buzz that was so commonly
associated with old magnetic ballasts, which were also quite a bit
heavier and less efficient.
Now there are even more impressive improvements to the design of
fluorescent lightings. In order to create the same amount of light that
is created by an incandescent bulb, a fluorescent tube uses only ¼ to 1/3
of the energy. In addition, fluorescent lights last 10 to 15 times
longer, about 10,000 hours or even more.

When these new designs were introduced in the early 1980s, they
definitely revolutionized lighting. Compact fluorescents, a variation on
the fluorescent tube, works the same way. The only difference is the tube
has been made smaller and is folded over in a way that it makes them fit
into spaces that are designed for incandescent bulbs, with even a screw
base that fits a normal light bulb socket. In addition, they operate on a
quarter of the energy that is used by incandescent, also lasting ten
times longer.

Since fluorescent lightings last so much longer and use less energy, they
can really help you to reduce your monthly energy bill. By replacing just
25 percent of your highly-used lights with fluorescents, you can cut your
energy bill nearly in half.

There are also environmental benefits of fluorescent lights, too. A
single, 20-watt compact fluorescent lamp that is used in place of a 75-
watt incandescent will save you about 550 kilowatt-hours over its
lifetime. So, if your electricity is produced in a coal-fired plant, much
like many areas are, that savings represents nearly 500 pounds of coal
that doesn’t have to be burned. That means that 1,300 pound of carbon
dioxide and 20 pounds of sulfur dioxide will not be emitted into the
atmosphere.

				
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