Mister Sparky of Seattle’s Tips on Forming a Good Relationship with Compact …
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West Seattle Electrician’s advice on how to treat CFLs properly for intended energy savings. Treating them like the soon to be obsolete incandescent bulbs we grew up with helps nobody.

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) February 27, 2012

Mister Sparky of Seattle, electrician, advises product knowledge when it comes to getting the most out of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). With the introduction of legislation phasing out incandescent light bulbs, compact fluorescent bulbs have become the smart choice for energy conservation in the home, and for the entire grid.

Understandably skeptical of new technologies, some groups have raised concerns over their value and health to the consumer. They question whether the higher upfront costs really pay off in energy consumption savings. The truth of the matter is that most of these concerns arise from treating CFLs as if they were incandescent bulbs and can be addressed by getting to know the difference. Here are a few tips regarding how to get the most out of your CFLs:

They Take Time

Unlike incandescent bulbs, CFLs take a couple minutes to reach their optimum levels. That is why once turning them on it is necessary to leave them on for a good 15 minutes to obtain the advertised energy…………… continues on Seattle Post Intelligencer

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New Center Stamping goes for 60 percent energy savings with lighting project
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New Center Stamping is renovating its facility on Milwaukee near I-75 as a way to significantly cut its overhead expenses. The automotive service parts manufacturer is switching out its older, inefficient lighting with some new fluorescent and LED lights.

“We’re replacing 1,000 watts with 400 watts,” says Doug Braun, environmental manager for New Center Stamping. “It will probably cut our light bill by 60 percent or more because each light will have a motion sensor on it.”

New Center Stamping operates out of a 220,000-square-foot industrial space built in the 1930s. The company is spending $ 250,974 ($ 62,744 comes from a SmartBuilding’s grant from the city of Detroit) to switch out older 300-plus incandescent lights on its factory floor, replacing them with fluorescent lights. Another 40 exterior lights will be replaced with LED lights.

About two-thirds of the interior lights are done and the entire project is expected to be wrapped up by mid March. The company will also replace some windows to gain some more energy efficiency.

“We got involved in this project by trying to clamp down on some of our expenses, like electric and heat,” Braun says.

Source: Doug Braun, environmental manager for New Center Stamping
Writer: Jon Zemke

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