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Fluorescent bulbs are energy saving or low energy bulbs that contain gases in a tube rather than a filament. Traditional bulbs are being replaced in shops by energy saving bulbs as they save money and cause less harm to the planet. By replacing all the bulbs in an average sized house with energy saving bulbs, the saving would be around £37 a year.

Things have come a long way since the old fashioned fluorescent kitchen strip lights. The new breed of compact fluorescent lamps will only use about 11 watts of power to generate the same light as a standard 60 watt bulb and will last up to eight times longer. Many different shapes and power options are available and more are being introduced to fill the gaps as the standard bulbs are phased out. They now only take a matter of a few seconds to reach full brightness and the prices are coming down as manufacturers are able to produce them more efficiently.

When they were first introduced fluorescent bulbs produced a cold harsh light which was unpopular as it was far removed from the more yellow glow that we were all used to. Technology has improved and now fluorescent bulbs are available in a warmer white (yellower) as well as the standard cool white (bluer).



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