How to select a CFL

Posted by kbanks & filed under energy efficiency.

      

In 2001, the U.S. Department of Energy found that lighting accounted for around 7 percent of a home’s energy use. In 2010, the most recent data, that statistic rose to more than 15 percent.

CFL lighting is one of the most realistic options for homeowners to reduce lighting consumption in their home. But because it is still a fairly new technology, many consumers have questions on how to choose a solution that’s right for them. Here are a few tips for selecting CFLs shared in a recent article by Qualified Remodeler magazine.

  • Choose a CFL bulb with a color temperature between 2,700-3,000 Kelvin (K). Any higher, and the light will appear white.
  • CFLs that bear the Energy Star label are proven to last more than 6,000 hours.
  • Find a bulb with a Color Rendering Index (CRI) of at least 80. The higher the number, the more accurately colors will appear under the light.

Many CFLs are available in decorative forms, too. Seen here is our unique Haven collection, a CFL fixture!

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