Phantom’s eco tip: Energy-saving light bulbs

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Phantom Forest uses energy saving light bulbs all over the lodge, and many of the fittings have been changed to a 12-volt system. All the boardwalks are lit by fluorescent bulbs.

What is an energy-saving light bulb?

Known as a compact fluorescent lamp (CFL), or a compact fluorescent light, the energy-saving light is a fluorescent lamp designed to replace the incandescent lamp. The CFL lamps use a tube, which is curved or folded to fit into the space of an incandescent bulb, and a compact electronic ballast in the base of the lamp.

Compared to general-service incandescent light bulbs, which emit the same amount of visible light, CFLs use one fifth to one third less power and have a longer rated life (eight to fifteen times). While a CFL may be pricier, it can save over five times its purchase price in electricity costs during its lifetime.

CFLs radiate a spectral power distribution that is different from that of incandescent lamps. Improved phosphor formulations have improved the perceived colour of the light emitted by CFLs, such that some sources rate the best “soft white” CFLs as subjectively similar in colour to standard incandescent lamps.

Replacing your light bulbs with CFLs is a simple and effective way to make a difference not only to the environment, but also to your budget.

The Phantom Forest Team

*Please note: CFLs contain mercury, which means that they have special recycling needs.

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One Response to Phantom’s eco tip: Energy-saving light bulbs

  1. sunday says:

    Phantoms bulb is ok, the one I have been using have last for ten months now

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