Assemblywoman Sandy Galef (D-Ossining) has begun a campaign urging people to conserve energy with energy-efficient light bulbs. These light bulbs, called compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), last up to ten times longer than incandescent bulbs with an approximate bulb life of 4.5 years. By producing 90% less heat and generating more light per watt, CFLs are able to use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs.
Since CFLs are more energy-efficient, they drastically cut down energy costs. For instance, a 100 watt incandescent bulb has an energy cost of approximately $21.90 while an equivalent 27 watt CFL has an energy cost of approximately $5.91. Therefore, the energy savings over the bulb life of a CFL is $62.95 compared to zero savings with an incandescent bulb.
Assemblywoman Galef stated, “ This summer we have really realized just how tight the energy supply in New York is and how important it is for people to start conserving. Using these energy-saving CFLs is an easy way to take personal action in the conservation of energy while gaining long-term economic benefits. I encourage everyone to participate in this light bulb campaign and pass the word on to friends and family.”
Previously, the available fluorescent bulbs caste an unflattering light and could not fit in all incandescent fixtures. But now CFLs can directly replace incandescent bulbs and have a comparable brightness and color rendition. Furthermore, CFLs are constantly being upgraded in order to make them more compatible to incandescent bulbs. New sub-CFLs now exist that are more compact and can fit in almost any incandescent fixture. While formerly CFLs could not be used in dimming fixtures, there are ones now available that can be used in dimmers. Another type of CFL called the Cold Cathode Fluorescent Light, which is even more compact and longer lasting, may be offered for sale in the near future.
CFL are available at hardware stores and home supply centers such as the Home Depot, Sam’s Club, and Wal-Mart, along with specialty lighting retailers. You can also find them at several online dealers.