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The Legend IS True, Compact Fluorescent Lamps Last 15,000 Hours

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  • September 14, 2015

Calgary Lighting Specialists

The compact fluorescent lamp revolution has been in full swing for a few years now; however, some homeowners that have switched to the longer lasting bulb are finding that they can burn out far sooner than their predicted life span. Fluorescent Man Lighting in Calgary is here to shine light on the problem and show you how to make your fluorescent light bulbs live up to their expectations.

You’ve heard stories about it, a legendary new light bulb that will last 15,000 hours and save you money in the long-term. You see the mythical compact fluorescent bulb in the stores, and decide to buy them and replace the old standard incandescent bulbs. You revolutionize your house with the CFLs and believe you’re set for years to come. Imagine the disappointment when some of the bulbs start burning out before their 2nd anniversary in your home. Are the stories about compact fluorescent lamps just a bunch of tall tales? The answer is no.

Compact fluorescent bulbs do have a lifespan that can reach 15,000 hours, which is 10 times that of regular incandescent bulbs. The reason that some bulbs are burning out earlier than expected is simply because they are being turned on and off too often. Manufactures have stated that CFL’s that are turned on and off constantly will have a shorter lifespan compared to ones that remain on for at least 15 minutes. The simple solution to get the maximum life span from your compact fluorescent lamps is to leave them on for 15 minutes before switching them off. Another suggestion is to have fluorescent lamps in rooms where lights remain on longer, like living rooms, kitchens and bedrooms. Bathroom lights tend to be switched on and off constantly, you can either remember to leave the lights on for 15 minutes or replace them with LED bulbs, which also use little energy.

If you’re not getting optimal performance or maximum life span out of your lighting system, contact us at Fluorescent Man Lighting in Calgary today at 403-863-8529.


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