Ensuring the Efficiency of Fluorescent Lighting

By: Tom Sanderrs

It is generally well known that fluorescent lights are more energy efficient and also that lower energy use results in lower electrical bills. However, there are still some questions about fluorescent lights that nag at consumers. These questions include whether or not to leave them on all the time and if it is a problem to have too many in one area. This article will address those issues.
Warming-up Time
One question often asked is whether or not fluorescent lights use more energy every time they are turned on. This refers to the warm-up period and people actually want to know if this process wastes energy or not. This is actually not a question, because it is inaccurate. However, there is some truth to the matter, because studies do prove that starting up a fluorescent light does use more energy after it has been turned on.
Leaving the Lights On
Although more energy is used, it is not a large amount and that means leaving fluorescent lights on will not save energy. More energy is wasted by leaving on a light for a long period of time, than turning the light on and off. Leaving it on will also lower the lifespan.
Turning On and Off
Some are also worried that turning a fluorescent light on and off will reduce the lifespan. If done frequently, then the light will not last as long. However, keep in mind this is true for all kinds of light bulbs. Therefore, avoid frequent on and off switching of fluorescent lights.
Energy Saver Bulbs
New fluorescent light bulbs are more energy efficient than older versions. You should consider purchasing the new types since then you are assured of the efficiency. The following are two examples:
Compact Fluorescent Lamps: These replaced the old incandescent lights and one improvement is that the plugging ends are similarly shaped to incandescent bulbs and therefore they fit into any bulb fixture without problems.
Electrodeless Lamps: Just as the name implies, these lamps don't have any electrodes. Since fluorescent lights burn out because of the electrodes, the new design allows for a longer lifespan by removing the problem.
Here are some concluding tips on fluorescent lighting before you go: Always turn your lights off if you don't plan to use it. Also, when you're buying fluorescents, make sure that you compare the price, quality, and wattage output of each lamp design prior to purchase so you can be assured of total energy efficiency.

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