Born in the early 1980s, the compact fluorescent bulb has gradually found its place in our homes. It is true that the withdrawal from the market of its main competitor, the incandescent bulb considered too energy-intensive, has all the more left the free field that it enters the category of Lamp Consumption.
A Compact Fluorescent Bulb, What Is It?
His complete surname is in fact Compact Fluorescent Lamp, CFL for the intimate and fluocompact for all of us. Its ancestor is the fluorescent tube marketed from 1936 by the German manufacturer Osram. But it is its Dutch competitor Philips who presents in 1980, this funny bulb that presents itself as a small fluorescent tube miniaturized, compacted, that is to say folded in 2, in 3, in 4 or all coiled on Itself.
Technically, its principle of operation is that of fluorescence: An electrical discharge sent through a gas composed of mercury vapor generates ultraviolet rays invisible to the naked eye. They react the phosphor fluorescent powder that lines the inner face of the bulb, which then produces visible white light. The base of the bulb contains the electronic ballast which ensures the operation of the bulb. For, as you will have well understood, it is no longer a question, like that of its incandescent cousin, of heating a filament in the ad hoc gas to produce light, but of managing complex physical and chemical reactions.
What Are The Benefits Of The Compact Fluorescent Bulb?
It is above all a low energy bulb. In our age, where the price of energies keeps climbing and where a cozy little nest is comfortable and is recognized as one of the pleasures of life, to create beautiful atmospheres light while sparing his wallet is an undeniable more …
Its lifespan of 8000 to 10 000 hours makes it a long-lasting companion for your fixtures. Its break-even point is around 1000 hours of use.
It also has a good light output : 80 Lumens per Watt. That is to say, 80% of the electricity it consumes is transformed into light. The remaining 20% leave for heat.
This release of heat is much less than that presented by a halogen incandescent bulb . Compared to the latter, it therefore presents little risk of fire or burns.
The Compact Fluorescent Bulb Improves Over Time …
The compact fluorescent bulb has a reputation for having a poor Color Rendering Index (CRI). Its cold light can give a sickly look to any individual farting the form. Like what, one must not trust the appearances …. This is much less true today. In order to choose the right light refer to the labeling which indicates the temperature measurement of the color in Kelvin (K). The lower the kelvin degrees, the more the light is warm pulling the yellow. Conversely, the higher the kelvin degrees, the colder the light will be on the blue.
It is also said somewhat lazy because it takes several seconds of heating before reaching its full performance . There, too, she made great progress. And she is so proud of it, that she displays it on her labels: instant ignition! Do not forget to check it out.
It has become dimmable … This Anglicism means that now you can associate it with a dimmer of light. Again, consider checking it on the label of the bulb .
But There Are Still Some Flaws In The Fluocompact Bulb …
Repeated ignition and extinction cycles weaken it. With it, one is in the long run. It should be avoided in transit areas. In the kitchen or the office, it will give you the best of itself for long, long hours.
She’s a chilly girl. Despite its good energy performance , forget there to illuminate your garden or walkways , it can not stand the cold.
If she now knows how to cohabit with the dimmers, she still has not learned how to deal with motion detectors.
Because of its technology, it produces electromagnetic waves, ultraviolet rays and contains hazardous gases … The questions that arise are therefore the precautions to be taken for the use and recycling of this bulb which has many advantages but Which consists of toxic products …
The right gesture for our planet and our children: Be eco-responsible and never throw your compact fluorescent bulbs into the garbage. It is imperative to place them in the bins provided for this purpose, either in waste disposal or at the entrance of certain stores (DIY, medium and large surfaces, etc.)
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