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But what about the horror stories? What about the compromising effect of fluorescent lighting on children in elementary schools? What about the headaches these lights are blamed for? The good news is, fluorescent lighting has come a long way.
So, if you're making the switch (and why wouldn't you?!), what do you need to know when you're standing in the light bulb aisle? Start here:
· CFLs can appear brighter than a traditional bulb. Err on the side of caution and drop down to the next lowest wattage available.
· "Soft white" is the best fit for bedrooms and living areas
· "Daylight" is a great choice for kitchens and baths
· "Full spectrum" is ideal for offices and basements
· Save "bright white" for outdoor spaces
· Once you get the bulbs home, don a pair of gloves when twisting the bulbs into place to protect yourself from the chemical coating inherent to the bulbs.
- A single CFL replaces approximately 10 traditional bulbs, lasting 5-7 years!
- CFLs use about one quarter of the energy of a traditional bulb. Make the switch for the next month and watch your electric bill fall.
- Incandescent bulbs utilize a phenomenal amount of coal. Switching even one traditional bulb for a CFL saves 500 pounds of coal!