The Future of Lighting with CFL Technology

At GE Lighting we have long pioneered advanced lighting technologies with a knowledge and technical expertise that spans more than 100 years in lighting providing a foundation for future innovation. Now more than ever this heritage is crucial, with demands for high quality, low energy lighting to help meet mounting legislation, environmental pressures and to combat global warming. Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) have an important role to play in the future of lighting, helping to protect the environment by using less energy and creating less CO2 emissions.

In addition, CFL lamps contribute to the reduction of maintenance costs, ensuring that financial benefits are enjoyed alongside environmental benefits. There are a variety of performance advantages afforded by GE Lighting CFL lamps. They use almost 80% less energy and last fifteen times longer than their incandescent predecessors, are rated Energy Class 'A' and offer high quality light.

With continuing technological advancements and miniaturisation, today's T2 CFL lamps are even smaller than the incandescent lamps they replace to ensure that they are discreet - yet high performing. Suitable for regular incandescent sockets and available in a variety of wattages, shapes and sizes, CFL lamps from GE Lighting are the ideal solution for various lighting needs such as homes, offices, hotels as well as industrial applications. GE Lighting consistently creates high quality, reliable lighting solutions to improve industry standards and meet demand for performance and environmental responsibility.

How does a compact fluorescent light bulb work?

Fluorescent light bulbs (including compact fluorescents) are more energy-efficient than regular bulbs because of the different method they use to produce light. Incandescent bulbs (also known as GLS bulbs) create light by heating a filament inside the bulb; the heat makes the filament white-hot, producing the light that you see. A lot of the energy used to create the heat that lights an incandescent bulb is wasted.

A fluorescent bulb, on the other hand, contains a gas that produces invisible ultraviolet light (UV) when the gas is excited by electricity. The UV light hits the white coating inside the fluorescent bulb and the coating changes it into visible light. Because fluorescent bulbs don't use heat to create light, they are far more energy-efficient than regular incandescent bulbs.

What's the difference between compact fluorescent and fluorescent tubes?

The primary difference is in size; compact fluorescent bulbs are made in special shapes (which require special technologies) to fit in standard household light sockets, like table lamps and ceiling fixtures. In addition, most compact fluorescent lamps have an "integral" ballast that is built into the light bulb, whereas most fluorescent tubes require a separate ballast independent of the bulb. Both types offer energy-efficient light.

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