Compact fluorescent bulbs have a wide range of benefits
When people want bulbs that have a low initial cost, a wide range of wattage ratings and excellent optical control, oftentimes, they may purchase incandescent light bulbs. And while these are an excellent source of light, a great deal of homeowners are now turning to an alternative light source: fluorescent bulbs. In the past, these types of light sources did not exactly have a great reputation. Many would burn out quicker than their incandescent counterparts and emit a dull glow that was anything but flattering. However, new models of compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) have changed all of that. The new bulbs are lower in cost than older models, cast a better color, are smaller in size and last longer. In fact, these new light sources produce 20 to 80 lumens per watt while incandescent bulbs produce 5 to 20 lumens per watt. Lumens are a measure of the total "amount" of visible light emitted by a source. CFLS also are more energy efficient than fluorescent bulbs. Compact fluorescent light bulbs use around 75 percent less energy than other bulbs, which can translate to big savings for homeowners. If you are interested in fitting your fixtures, like pendant lights and floor lamps, with CFLs, you can always simply unplug and turn off the fixture and then replace replace the light bulbs. However, it is important to take notice that some luminaires are specifically designed for fluorescent bulbs. If this is the case, then it is wise to not force attach a new CFL bulb into the base of the lamp. Doing so can cause the bulb to shatter, which can cause injury to you and those around you.