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What Are CFL Bulbs and Should They Be Used for Outdoor Lighting?

CFL BulbWhen setting up an outdoor lighting system one of the chief concerns most Maryland homeowners have is its impact on their electrical bill. One of the hottest abbreviations in energy efficiency at the moment is CFl. But What does it stand for? How are CFL bulbs different from traditional fixtures? And are they safe to be used for outdoor lighting? Aqua Bight, your Maryland outdoor lighting company, is here with the answers.

What Does CFL stand for?

CFL stands for Compact Fluorescent Lamp. A CFL bulb in an outdoor lighting system can consume as little as 1/5th the electrical power of a traditional incandescent bulb and have the capacity to last as much 15 times as long. While they are more expensive than traditional bulbs, CFL bulbs can save Maryland homeowners a vast amount of money, between the cost of replacement bulbs and energy bills, over their lifetime.

How Do They Work?

CFLs work differently than incandescent bulbs. Traditional bulbs send an electrical current through a wire filament which heats up, producing light.IN a CFL bulb the electrical current is passed through a chamber containing argon gas mixed with trace amounts of mercury vapor which generates ultraviolet light. The ultraviolet light activates the bulb’s fluorescent coating, called phosphor, which emits observable light.

Should I Use Them For Outdoor Lighting?

CFL bulbs can absolutely be used for outdoor lighting but be sure to check to see if the bulbs are approved for outdoor use. CFL bulbs are ideal for outdoor lighting displays, or other lights on your Maryland property that may be left on for extended periods of time, because of their incredible energy efficiency.

So, Where Can I Get Them?

At Aqua-Bright, we can help you find an outdoor lighting solution that’s right for you and your home, and that includes providing you with the most advanced and energy efficient CFL bulbs. To talk to someone about CFL Bulbs for Outdoor Lighting in Baltimore, Maryland or the surrounding areas, call Aqua-Bright today at 410-489-9009 or take a tour through our website.

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