While sales of compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) have been brisk, many consumers still have yet to embrace the energy efficient technology.
As USA Today reports, CFLs made up 20% of the U.S. light bulb market in 2007, up from 11% a year earlier. Part of the reason is undoubtedly burgeoning awareness, as is the desire to save money on home utility bills in a soft economy. Part of the reason is also likely response to the fact that Congress has mandated that all light bulbs be at least 25% more efficient by 2012.
Although people are buying the better bulbs, they aren't making their way into that many homes yet -- estimates run as low as 11%. Obviously, those that are buying them are stocking up, given brisk sales, but more people have yet to be turned on to the technology.
Excuses are plentiful, including that people complain of the quality of light, the spiral shape, sizing, etc. The claim that CFLs can cause migraines has been heavily questioned, however.
The fact is, many of the beliefs people have about CFLs are outdated. Proper disposal is needed, but it's easy. New ones don't make noise, come in softer light, and will fit in almost any kind of fixture.
Check out The Daily Green's list of 10 great new CFLs for every fixture and lifestyle, from flood lights to dimmable versions and more.
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