An excellent choice when it comes to saving energy is undoubtedly replace conventional bulbs for compact fluorescent lamps (CFLS).
However there are some precautions that should be taken into account for the increase of efficiency of this type of lamps. See some of our tips on the use of this type of lamps:
1. Luminous intensity
The intensity of light produced by a light bulbs CFLS, is not the same as the intensity of an incandescent. This type of lamps are able to produce more light with less watts. For example if you want to replace a 40-watt incandescent bulb with a CFL, you should acquire one of 8-10watts. Usually this information comes described on the packaging.
2. Energy Star Symbol
To have the guarantee that is becoming a saving lamp, make sure that the Energy Star symbol on the packaging. Otherwise you can buy a smaller lamp quality and limited duration.
3. Time lighting
A feature of this lamp type is that of these, take some time to produce the maximum brightness. Initially it may seem that this lamp and weaker, but over time will change and achieve maximum brightness.
4. Direct light to focus
If you plan to use this type of lamps to illuminate or focus on a subject, this is not a good solution. LFC lamps are designed to illuminate large spaces such as kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms or for use in lamps.
5. Turn on and off
Each time these lamps are connected, must remain connected at least during 15 minutes. If you do not respect this “rule”, just anger shorten the lifetime of the lamp. That said, consider the application of LFC lamps in spaces where they will be on for a long period of time.
6. Colour of light
Another aspect that should be taken into consideration is the color of the light the bulb produces. A light yellow color (color) may be a more comfortable option in leisure spaces. Already using a cold color in shades of blue or white is the most suitable option in the workplace.
It is very common for figures present in packaging the error cause when it comes to color of the lamp. So don’t buy a wrong color lamp that intended, we advise you to read carefully the information in the packs.
7. in the case of this if from
If you break a bulb LCF should be extra careful, because these lamps contain about 4 mg of mercury, this is a toxic metal and harmful to health. We left some instructions to follow in case of from a fluorescent lamp:
- The area where the bulb was broken should be aired, as such open the Windows, beam the door and get out of the Division for at least 15 minutes;
- Use gloves and protect your eyes, nose and mouth;
- Avoid the use of the broom or vacuum cleaner to pick up the pieces and the lamp debris, this should be placed in a plastic case;
- To pick up the pieces of smaller glass, use tape drop;
- Clean the area affected by waste with a wet cloth or piece of paper and place in plastic bag;
- After cleaning is complete you should put in the dumpster the gloves together with the plastic bag;
- And finally, wash your hands thoroughly.
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