Paul Wheaton, CFLs and Huh?

CFL superiority is tested.  Here is the report

I ran across this blog post by Paul Wheaton, a Wyoming permaculturist (his main thrust is about agriculture that is fundamentally sustainable and permanent), decided to get financed and do some tests on various claims about compact fluorescent lights. Here is the entry to his home page.  His title summarizes his findings– CFL Fluorescent Light Bulbs: More Hype Than Value.

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If you read LastTechAge much, you know this is my favorite rocking horse to jump on and go charging after windmills. We have a series of posts, summarized here, discussing the fluorescent/incandescent issues from a physics viewpoint.  My view:  fluorescent lights win hands down in a factory or business lighting environment.  But for home use, nope.

The internet is full of postings on CFLs, yeah and nay.  Wheaton’s is one of the better ones.  He has effective data, explains things well, summarizes others’ work as well as his own testing, and also, shows some great videos making the various points.  The last one (time to full illumination) is my personal favorite – well worth the trouble of clicking on the link, scrolling to the bottom, and watching.   Thanks, Paul, for taking the trouble to do this!  Again, his blog post is “CFL Fluorescent Light Bulbs: More Hype Than Value.”


Charles J. Armentrout, Ann Arbor
2012 Jan 02
This is listed under   Technology   …thread Technology >  Fluorescents
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