Switching to CFL’s
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Updated: Monday, 30 Apr 2012, 4:24 PM EDT
Published : Monday, 30 Apr 2012, 1:46 PM EDT

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – CFL’s or Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs have a twist to their shape but it’s that twist that helps to save money and energy.  These bulbs use 75 percent less energy and last 10 times longer than the incandescent bulbs. 

There were many problems with the first generation of CFL’s.  Many people noticed a difference in color and a delay when they flipped the light switch.  However the new versions of the bulbs have taken both of those issues into consideration. 

Be sure to check the package before you buy.  There are three different colors, soft, which is a yellowish tone similar to an incandescent bulb, bright or natural.  Here’s a link showing the different colors and shapes. They now can be used for inside or outdoor lighting. 

DP&L’s Residential Program Manager Kara McMillen plugged in three CFL’s into a meter.  The red line didn’t even reach 60 watts and that was for three CFL’s compared to just one 60 watt incandescent bulb. 

If you are worried about the cost of each bulb, Dayton Power and Light has partnered with several retailers and is offering

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LEDs are the brightest thing in lighting
News from North County Times:

Fed up with those twisty fluorescent bulbs that replaced your beloved standard cheap incandescent lights? The high-end alternative of light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, has firmly moved into the mainstream.

For residential customers used to standard incandescents, the prices are still high, from less than $ 20 to more than $ 100 for specialized home applications. However, LEDs offer much longer life than the alternatives, measured in the tens of thousands of hours, instead of hundreds of hours. LEDs are far sturdier than incandescent, or fluorescents, and unlike the latter, don’t contain toxic mercury. 

And they are very energy-efficient. For example, a Philips Dimmable AmbientLED, which sells for $ 21.25 on Amazon.com, consumes 12.5 watts and replaces a 60-watt incandescent. That’s going to be an increasingly important selling point as California’s electricity bills keep rising. They’re available not only at hardware stores, but drug stores and supermarkets, as well as online.

The quality and the ability to control LEDs makes them attractive, said Jim Filanc, a director at Southern Contracting Co. in San Marcos.

“LED is digital light,” Filanc said. “It’s the most controllable light in terms of the light output. It can be varied for homeow…………… continues on North County Times

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