Compared to incandescent bulbs, ENERGY STAR® certified Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs offer a longer life, lower operating cost, less heat gain, and ultimately lower electric bills.
- Saves money about $6 a year in electricity costs and can save more than $40 over its lifetime
- Meets strict performance requirements that are tested and certified by a third party
- Produces about 75% less heat, so it’s safer to operate and can cut energy costs associated with home cooling
- Last up to ten times longer than incandescent bulbs
- Use about 75% less energy than a traditional incandescent bulb
|Compact fluorescent light bulb
||Incandescent light bulb
|Expected life: 8,000 hours
||Expected life: 750 hours
|Output: 800 lumens
||Output: 800 lumens
CFLs contain a small amount of mercury and need to be disposed of properly, preferably recycled. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has updated its guidance on how to properly clean up a broken CFL. Included with the guidance is a new consumer brochure with CFL recycling and cleanup tips.
More information on the clean up guidance: updated clean up guidance