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Installing compact fluorescent light bulbs in your home leads to unique design needs. The shape of the bulbs, and the fact that they get larger with more wattage and light output, means that some fixtures that worked for your incandescent lights may not work as well with CFLs. Most standard CFLs such as 9 to 15 watt will fit in incandescent fixtures. It's only when you get to 23 watt and beyond that the light bulbs become too bulky to fit.

Nonetheless you can still find plenty of beautiful fixtures available for CFLs. I've seen some excellent designs that are CFL-specific, along with being able to use incandescent fixtures. With the shape and size of the compact fluorescents, and the wide variety of color temperatures (the color tone of the light output), you can really customize any room to your liking.

CFL fixtures come in many styles that look great while saving you money on your energy bill. I prefer screw-type compact fluorescents, but there are also pin-based CFLs which require a specific type of fixture that would not be compatible with screw bulbs. The fixtures can have an increased initial cost when compared to incandescent fixtures, but the money saved on energy bills over the life of the CFL bulbs makes up for the initial cost and more.

Whether you're designing the lighting in a bedroom, living room, or bathroom, you will be able to find an excellent CFL fixture. They generally have more contemporary designs available, as the bulbs themselves are still relatively new compared to incandescent lights. Try out some compact fluorescent lighting installed in CFL-designed fixtures and you'll see what I mean.
There are nearly endless ways to approach development and design of light bulbs. Research focus is almost always centered on energy and luminal efficiency, but there are those few who stick to design concerns. A Korean designer named Joonhuyn Kim has been hard at work devising new designs for old nearly-obsolete incandescent light bulbs, and one design in particular has promise: the flat light bulb.

Kim's flat incandescent light bulb design has no bearing on lumen count or energy efficiency, but it does confront another type of efficiency: transit and storage. No one really thinks about it, but all light bulbs must make the journey from factory to store, and store to home or business. The way these flat light bulbs are designed allows them to be stacked neatly atop one another. In addition, these light bulbs are far less prone to breaking than traditional incandescents. It is impossible for them to roll off of something like old incandescents; even in the unlikely event of a fall, the thicker and more robust glass would likely remain intact.

It may be too late for such a design innovation. The 2007 legislation banning incandescent light bulbs in 2012 is fast approaching, and could very well include these light bulbs if they were to be available for purchase. On the other hand, there are a great deal of consumers who are looking to hoard incandescent light bulbs as quickly as possible, so this redesigned incandescent could fly off the shelves.

Perhaps this type of design research should be applied to energy efficient lighting technologies like compact fluorescent light bulbs and LED light bulbs. Design is more important than most people realize, as it is simply ingested and taken for granted. A person could be influenced by design without even realizing it. That's probably one of the reasons Joonhuyn Kim persists in attempting new designs for arguably doomed technology.
A company in China called Magic Bulb has unveiled their newest creation, the Lightglobe. The Lightglobe is an LED light bulb with some novel enhancements such as a built-in rechargeable battery, an extendable neck, and an on/off switch right on the bulb. They've designed the bulb to double as a flashlight in an emergency, or just when you need a flashlight for any situation. While screwed in to a socket and functioning as an LED light bulb, the Lightglobe simultaneously charges its battery.

These light bulbs are just perfect for power outages. Arguably the worst part of any power outage is the loss of light. With some Rechargeable LED Lightglobes throughout the house, a power outage will hardly affect your lighting at all! Plus, if you happen to lose light in a room where you do not have any Lightglobes, you can unscrew one of them and carry it around like a flashlight illuminating things as the need arises. The Lightglobe runs on only four watts of power, which allows it to operate up to three hours on a full charge while not screwed in.

You might ask why this was never done before. For one thing, incandescent light bulbs run extremely hot. It's just not feasible to have complex circuitry in such close proximity to burning heat. Energy efficient LED light bulbs generate negligible amounts of heat, and so the components necessary for the Lightglobe can easily be integrated into most LED light bulbs. Not only that, but the low heat makes it easy and comfortable to use and hold as a flashlight.

A home filled with Rechargeable LED Lightglobes would be impervious to power losses, at least in the lighting department. The Lightglobe is expected to cost around $30 to $40 per bulb, so outfitting an entire house with these light bulbs would be very expensive indeed. That is until a year or two down the road when the light bulbs are paying you back with their efficiency. They're rated to last thousands and thousands of hours just like any other LED light bulb, so you would benefit from their energy efficiency for a long time to come.
The annual Lighting for Tomorrow competition held by the US Department of Energy has announced its winner this year, and the winner is LED lighting. Energy efficient light bulbs are proliferating quickly, and specifically LED light bulbs are an excellent choice to win the Lighting for Tomorrow competition. They have a great number of benefits, from financial to environmental.

There are LEDs now that can last up to 50,000 hours. With lifetimes like that, LED light bulbs not only directly save money on energy, but they also save money on reduced frequency of maintenance and replacements. Maintenance is usually completely non-existent with LED light bulbs, as they are fully self contained and designed to be maintenance-free. The financial benefits of LED light bulbs makes them an obvious choice, but they are still too expensive up front for the general population.

Large businesses and organizations are the most common adopters of LED technology, as their significant stores of capital allow them to make large retrofits without blinking an eye. The Pittsburgh International Airport for example is buying over 1300 LED light bulbs and fixtures from Appalachian Lighting Systems. The airport expects this investment to end up saving over $158,000 a year on energy.

Research and development into LED lighting technology continues to result in improvements and breakthroughs. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory recently created a low-cost graphite foam which functions as a cooling agent that should extend the lifespan of LEDs. New, more powerful LEDs keep coming out as well. A Finnish company recently announced their new aviation beacon LEDs, which are 20,000 times more powerful than standard LED light bulbs. Technology just won't stop, and LED lighting is benefitting a lot from it.

LED Light Bulbs Are Going To Take Over

LED light bulbs are eventually going to be the kings of lighting. The technology is making becoming more prevalent in every market every day, with an LED bulb for every application. It's very similar to how compact fluorescent technology slowly dominated incandescent technology. LED light bulbs have to contend with some of the same obstacles as well, like sky-high pricing.

LEDs have many advantages over incandescent and CFL lighting. One of the complaints about compact fluorescents is the ramp-up time to full brightness. Instant-on CFLs provide light instantly, but still require time to reach full brightness. LED light bulbs provide full illumination from the moment they’re turned on.

This lack of ramp-up time makes them great for rooms or applications where power is cycled often (power cycling refers to turning on and off). CFLs and incandescent lights can be harmed by repeated power cycling, but LEDs are unaffected. LEDs are great for bathrooms and closets and similar applications. LEDs are also fully capable of being dimmed like incandescent lights, another advantage over CFLs.

The advantages of LED light bulbs continue on through the life of the bulb and into the death of the bulb. Consider when incandescent and CFL lights die; it is a direct and instant failure which can result in explosions or shattering. The bulb sockets can get stuck, creating real possibility of nasty cuts or ruined fixtures. LEDs have done away with such failures. As an LED light bulb reaches the end of its life, it becomes dimmer and dimmer until it is basically useless. There are no explosions or shattered bulbs. They are easily removed and thrown away, with no toxic materials to consider.

It’s fairly unlikely you would ever even need to replace LED light bulbs. Their estimated life spans are 35,000 to 50,000 hours. If you place them correctly and avoid such hazards to the bulb life as extreme heat where it is being operated, you can easily reach those numbers. Compare that to the life span of an incandescent bulb, which is 1000 to 2000 hours, or the more impressive 10,000 to 15,000 hour life of CFL which isn’t so impressive next to an LED.
Energy efficient light bulbs (specifically compact fluorescents) are causing a lot of jobs to move overseas due to the additional manual labor involved in their creation. This is an unfortunate side effect of our new green lighting implements; we save money on energy and create less pollution, but we lose out on the economic infusion that creating jobs here in the US would cause.

Part of the problem lies within the 2007 legislation banning incandescent light bulbs by 2014. The US had many incandescent light bulb factories employing a great deal of workers, but those jobs are steadily going overseas as the factories are shut down and replaced by energy efficient light bulb operations. The price of manual labor in China is too cheap for most companies to pass up, so they get rid of their incandescent light bulb factories and boost China's economy with masses of manufacturing jobs.

The US government's promises that energy efficient technology would create new jobs in the US were perhaps ill planned, as nearly all the new jobs created are in China. Energy efficient light bulbs began in the US, with GE engineer Ed Hammer inventing compact fluorescent light bulbs. Innovations and inventions with light bulbs are not new to the US, but neither is cheap labor new to China. I probably shouldn't be surprised that a new addition to the light bulbs industry would create new jobs everywhere but the place where the new light bulbs were invented!

We could possibly get some of the jobs back in the US if consumers showed enough interest in US-made products. Ellis Yan, a Chinese immigrant to the US who streamlined the process of manufacturing CFLs and then brought the process to China, said he would consider moving operations to the US if there was enough demand for products "Made in USA". The cost of doing business in the US is about 10% higher than it is in China, so the demand would have to be reasonably high. Hopefully in time jobs will come back and/or be created here in the US.
These days energy efficiency and low energy bills are more important than ever. Businesses can't afford to waste money on inefficient lighting; the right energy efficient light bulbs are necessary for optimal finances.. Compact fluorescent light bulbs and LED light bulbs are the best choices for efficient lighting in the workplace.

There are many benefits to using compact fluorescent light bulbs, especially in a business. The bright white lighting from 5000K and similar color temperatures really allows products to stand out and look great. Compact fluorescents use very little energy to provide lumens equivalent to incandescents, and this also means they generate very little heat. These two attributes combined make for immense savings on business energy bills.

If you're retrofitting a current space, consider both CFLs and LED light bulbs. Both types of light bulb are able to retrofit nearly any fixture in which you're already using incandescents. The light makes everything look better than when under incandescents, and it gives a clean modern look to any new or current business. LEDs are the best option for spot lighting and shifting focus to a specific zone, while CFLs are the best choice for wider, room-filling light.

Incandescents have been a standard for a long time, but new lighting technology has finally made it clear how wasteful and inefficient incandescents are. Any business, new or old, will benefit from installing energy efficient light bulbs such as compact fluorescents and LEDs. LEDs have a very high price point right now, so it's probably better to consider CFLs. In time LED light bulbs will come down in price and most likely dethrone compact fluorescent light bulbs.
Most indoor garden plants do not have access to the light of the sun as often as they need. Compact fluorescent light bulbs give indoor garden plants the light they need not only to survive, but thrive.

The benefits of using fluorescent plant tubes and compact fluorescent light bulbs in your home garden are many. Due to the very low energy consumption of these types of light bulbs, heat produced is minimal. Compact fluorescent light bulbs also offer color temperatures from low 2000K to over 9000K; this fact coupled with wide color spectrum output along could make the case for using CFLs for your indoor garden plants.

Although compact fluorescent light bulbs are the best for indoor garden plants, they are not without minor flaws. If the light bulbs are not appropriately placed, they can be very inefficient and lead you to install more bulbs than would normally be necessary.

There is a cheap and effective way to aid in the positioning of your indoor garden plant light bulbs; buy some reflectors and attach them to your compact fluorescent grow light bulbs. Compact fluorescents emit 360 degrees of light, but most of it is wasted. The most efficacious part of the bulb is just 90 degrees of that 360 degree spread. Reflectors can help direct the light to a single chosen location. Get an assortment of compact fluorescent light bulbs in varying wattages and size, so you can provide the most optimal light possible throughout all stages of your indoor garden plants' lives.

Remember what I said about compact fluorescent light bulbs causing very little heat? This is a huge boon to indoor garden plants; you can place the bulbs close to the plants to allow for maximum light penetration without having to worry about burning them like you would with a fiery hot incandescent. This isn't everything about indoor gardening, but it's a good primer. It should help you get started on indoor gardening.

Light Pollution Can Harm Your Sleep Habits

Sleep is a big issue in the US. The majority of people don't get enough sleep, or if they get enough it is of very poor quality. Light bulbs and artificial lighting have a hand in this sleep deprivation through light pollution. After the sun has gone down, we need a lack of light for our bodies to begin producing melatonin, a chemical that plays a large role in our sleep habits.

Light bulbs at night disrupt our production of melatonin and consequently our circadian rhythm. We can't get adequate hours of quality sleep without a healthy circadian rhythm bolstered by melatonin. Animals in general suffer even more from light pollution than we humans do. Various migratory animals find their senses thrown off by the unexpected and unwelcome light everywhere. Light bulbs have been a boon to humanity, but perhaps we need to reign in their usage.

Street lights and security lighting come to mind when thinking about lighting that we could use some better, smarter implementation. Most street lights and security lighting are not designed with light pollution in mind at all, instead throwing their light out without a care. When a security light lights up the sky as well as the building for which it is intended, that is light pollution. When a security light blinds oncoming traffic, that's light pollution. These lights need to be designed so that the light goes directly to the ground, specifically to areas on the ground that will minimize glare and reflection. Half of the security lighting out there ends up doing the opposite of its original intent by blinding witnesses!

These days our lighting and light bulbs are continually becoming more energy efficient. Hopefully this new energy efficiency doesn't beget a new slew of light pollution infractions as people and businesses use more lighting simply because they can. Excess seems to be human nature, but light bulbs and lighting are a couple things we need to avoid using to excess.
Compact fluorescent light bulbs are able to provide indoor garden plants with sunlight. You don't have to worry about finding the perfect spot next to the window or anything like that; you can put the plants anywhere you like.

Plants thrive on the light produced by compact fluorescent plant light bulbs and fluorescent plant tubes. The bulbs themselves barely consume energy compared to their incandescent counterparts. Heat from the bulbs is negligible; any CFL bulbs operating under 32 watts simply do not get hot enough to burn, regardless of how long they've been on. The color temperature and wide spectrum availability of these light bulbs are integral to the success of indoor garden plants; incandescent simply cannot match the technology.

While compact fluorescent plant light bulbs are highly efficient, it is still on you to place them appropriately. The light from these bulbs spreads out in 360 degrees, but not all is suitable for plant consumption. There is a 90 degree sweet spot that must be utilized for maximum efficiency. Reflectors are very helpful in allowing you to direct that 90 degree swath of light to the precise location it is needed. With reflectors and proper placement, you will need a minimal amount of light bulbs.

Many indoor garden plants will require different wattages during different stages of their growth. Get an assortment of compact fluorescent plant light bulbs so you have the right watts for each stage of plant life. As long as the watts are less than 32, you can place the bulbs close to the plants to ensure the best light penetration and a healthier indoor garden.