Environment-friendliness and economy are the two main arguments in favor of fluorescent light bulbs as opposed to the “old” bulbs. The fluorescent bulbs don’t have to be changed as often as the traditional ones, because they last up to ten times longer than the traditional bulbs. They also produce less warmth, which means you can save even more money on air conditioning (valid mostly for bigger office spaces). Besides, one traditional light bulb needs as much energy as three fluorescent ones. This is both environment and pocket friendly as well.
The selection of fluorescent light bulbs in the stores is very rich, and if you are not an experienced buyer, you might get a little advices should make the process much easier and nicer experience.
The right piece
The fluorescent light bulbs are produced in all types, forms and dimensions, so it would be easy to pick one that doesn’t fit. In order to prevent this, you should take your old bulb with you to the shop and compare it with the available assortment. You will only need one-quarter of the original wattage (60 watt traditional bulb = 15 watt fluorescent bulb). If you need a bulb for a dimmer light, make sure your new bulb works in these – it should be mentioned on the packaging.
Where to place it?
For rooms with high temperature and insufficient ventilation, such as recessed ceiling fixtures, it would be a bad idea to use a fluorescent light bulb. The fluorescent bulb is not lit up instantly as the traditional one. It usually takes something between one and three minutes for it to give proper light, so it may be damaged if it is lit up and then turned off again in a short time. Thus the best spaces for a fluorescent bulb are those where you don’t need to turn the light on and off too much and it can stay on for the minimum of 15 minutes, so that the light bulb can function properly and lasts longer.
After your light bulb has served you its time, you should always recycle it at your Local recycling spot. Some green realtors [http://juliekinnear.com/green-Travel] have neighbourhood section with info about recycling, but usually you have to ask Local authorities if you are not familiar with recycling spots. The fluorescent bulbs contain mercury, a dangerous heavy-metal. If broken, do not vacuum. You also shouldn’t touch it with bare hands. Instead, try to sweep the mercury bits with a piece of cardboard. Smaller pieces can be rid of with a scotch tape. Then mop the whole place with a wet cloth and open the window for at least 15 minutes to make sure the air circulates properly and you don’t breath in the mercury vapors.