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Fully Dimmable CFLs Officially Launched

There are two reasons to not use compact fluorescent light bulbs. 1. Because you have dimmable switches in your house, and CFLs won't work properly. Or 2. You're a damned fool. Well, now, you don't have any excuse at all. Both the U.S. and the buy cialis with paypal U.K. now have fully dimmable CFL options available to consumers. These have all the advantages of regular CFLs. They use up to 80% less electricity, last ten times longer and best prices on cialis can save up to $100 per bulb on your electric bills.

So for baby jesus' sake...if you've got dimmer switches, and are still wasting all kinds of juice...get some!

The dimmable bulbs were launched last night in the U.K. with an installation designed by Jason Burges. Inhabitat was there and let us use one of their photos;  you can check out the rest of their photos at
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written by josh, September 25, 2007
I'm still a damned fool. (i own five four packs of CFLs but they're just sitting in the closet ATM)
Fantastic News
written by weee, September 25, 2007
This advance will make a huge difference to power consumption around the world.
written by or4green, September 25, 2007
A 3rd reason one might not want to use CFL's is because they contain mercury. It's a small amount, but enough that in some states, the bulbs cannot be thrown in the trash, they must be recycled instead. As I'm viewing your page, there's an anti-CFL bulb ad from an LED bulb company stating just that. Personally, it hasn't stopped me, but it's something to keep in mind. Great site BTW.
Enclosed lamps
written by Steve, September 25, 2007
A third reason not to use CFLs is that they are not recommended for enclosed lamps (such as ceiling dome lamps) because they get too hot.
written by Anna Hackman, September 25, 2007
Can you tell me what the viagra non prescription brand name is for this CFL and do you know if it works with the lighting systems out there lke Lutron? Phillips make a dimmable reflective bulb for a couple of cialis en mexico years (for recessed lighting). I have it in my dimmer switch but it does not dim down 100 percent. Maybe half? It is hard for me to tell.

Enclosed lamp, that is an interesting comment. When I was at a lighting trade show, they did say that cfls' life is shorten because of the tramadol 50mg 180 pills heat but I did not hear it was not reccommended. The prefered light for recessed lights would be the one with the pins but you have to have that type of fixture.

I would curious if they should have been telling me what your commment was. Can you give me a source? I would appreciate it!

Mercury? Good comment. There is low level mercury bulbs out made by Phillips (alto) and SLI lighting. I think sylvania has one too. SLI lighting has a lead free one as well. Walmart is supposed to carry the low level mercury bulb but check before you buy to see that it says that. Haven't been over to walmart to verify it.

Personally, I think the walmarts, home depots, etc should take back their burned out CFLs and who knows they could get more people in their stores to buy something else. Ikea is taking back CFLs. anna
written by Brian Green, September 25, 2007
I was just talking about this the how much does levitra cost other day on this site and here they are! It's about time! As for the comment regarding CFL's in globes, I've had them in mine for two years now and they are doing just fine. Perhaps that meant the first generation ones. I can put my hand on the 100 mg cialis globe after an hour of use and it's not hot at all.

As for the mercury, there's a reason we need to recycle everything. Don't throw them away. I agree that stores selling them ought to be required to take them back once they've lived their lives. Computer companies do that now.

I'll have to look into getting some of these dimmable CFL's. I don't suppose you know who's carrying them and prices?
written by Tactful Cactus, September 25, 2007
Dimmable CFLs have been around for a while. I have some and they are AWFUL! They flicker constantly, even when on full power. Are these new ones supposed to be improved? It's presented as if the concept is brand new.
written by Michael Mayhew, September 26, 2007

I've been tracking dimmable CFLs for a while now, waiting for the technology to get figured out. As the bulbs in my dimmable lights burn out, I will replace them with CFLs.
written by Joyce, September 26, 2007
Great news! Now if they could somehow eliminate the mercury content all together, that would be perfect!
third reason...
written by jason Nolan, September 26, 2007
they are cheaply made and tramadol once daily burn out in a violently nasty manner... I will not use them in closets because I'm worried about how they short out, and I've only had one do a nasty on me, but it is more worrying than the old ones blowing, if you ask me. still, they're in 90% of the house. I would prefer LEDs.
I've been using CFLs for years, nearly e
written by geekpdx, September 26, 2007
Except in the three lamps I use for reading in different parts of the house, and on one dimmable fixture in the living room - it's time for that fixture to go, since it uses exposed bulbs, and dimmable or not, CFLs just aren't pretty.
written by Monotonehell, September 27, 2007
If you need to dim your lights - you probably have too many lights on.
written by Alex Hodson, September 27, 2007
CFLs really do emit a different type of light than traditional bulbs. Some people simply don't want their living room lighting to look the same as a classroom or cafeteria. I have a mix of CFLs and regular bulbs, and there is undoubtedly a difference in the type of atmosphere each provides to a room. Until the bulbs universally give off a warmer, less stale-looking light, people are not going to buy them for their homes. It's that simple.
Mercury content put in perspective
written by Ken, September 28, 2007
Coal fired power plants are very common, and coal fired plants emit quite a bit of non-prescription viagra mercury. Therefore, the less electricity you use, the less mercury you are "responsible" for emitting into the air.

So...if you calculate the cialis online mercury emissions saved by switching to a CFL bulb (because you are saving electricity), you will find that if far exceeds the small amount of mercury found in a CFL (even the non-"low mercury" ones). Also, the mercury in the CFL is contained and it can be recycled. The same can't be said for the mercury sent into our atmosphere.
i just hate the damn things
written by eatingorange, September 28, 2007
I have not switched to CFLs because I despise the putrid color they emit. If they're not green, they're pink. Until I can find an affordable CFL that gives off wide spectrum balanced white light, I'm sticking with halogen in the kitchen and plain old GE tungsten in the rest of the house. As ecogeeky as I would like to be, I've yet to find a CFL that appeals to my aesthetic side.
Phillips bulbs too green (coloured)
written by Derek, October 15, 2007
I've tried various brands, and bought 6 phillips bulbs from home depot. They're so green, I couldn't use them in the living room. The other ones I have aren't that different than incandescent, they're much warmer. I haven't tried the dimable ones yet.
written by Geenimetsuri, October 28, 2007
CFLs are bunk if you actually switch off the light when leaving a room: Their lifespan is under certain usage patterns reduced (when the i recommend cheap viagra uk light is on for less than 5-10 minutes at a time) to a level normal bulb and as they are more costly to produce, both energy and money wise, you end up *wasting* energy instead.

Also, the extra energy of a normal bulb is not wasted but turned to heating the house (albeit inefficiently) which matters during winter when lights tend to be on longer.
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written by James, November 03, 2007
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Turning your lights off saves more energ
written by as, February 06, 2008
I have switched to CFLs in my two main reading lights - no other lights are on in my house for more than 15 mins at a time, so there are incandescents in the lights whose use patterns would destroy a CFL quickly, like bathrooms, hallways, and closets. There has been not one penny of energy savings from my CFL switch. Why? I was already not wasting electricity when I was using only incandescents. If you turn off the lights you are not using (like they taught us in the '80s in school), lights only consume a miniscule amount of your daily electricty use. More disturbingly, many people are switching to flat screen TVs, which consume 2-3 times the energy of a CRT (200-300 Watts). With average American TV watching at 8 hours per day, you are consuming 800-1600 extra watts per day, which wipes out any saving from CFLs many times over. Also, put power strips on your remote-control operated units, guys. The argument that CFLs put less mercury in the environment than incandescents due to coal-burning power plants leaves out the fact that this is solely the fault of environmentalists, who have prevented the building of new nuclear power plants in the US. If western Europe can rely on nuclear energy almost completely, why not us? It's bunk. The point is, we know very little about how Americans actually use electrical power. One thing is, that if CFLs make that much of a difference, we were being unbelievably stupid and wasteful in our day-to-day decisions about leaving lights on. In reality, your electric water heater, TV, air conditioner, computer, electronic gagets, and cable box suck up far more energy. Living less wastefully is a better was to save the environment than shoving CFLs and other inferior technology down people's throats. (I suspect the CFLs have triggered a massive uptick in my migraines since the cialis cancdian dugs switch, but I use them anyway - however, I want the option to go back to incandescents during times when my headaches become unbareable, which happens every so often)
CFL lights
written by Arvind Pradhan, May 31, 2008
These lights are a joke. I have dimmers everywhere in the house and I save tons of electricity by using my regular lights dimmed down to 10%. I bought some expensive ($16 a piece) CFL dimmable lights and they do not dim properly at all. May be down to 50% if that. CFL lights are a scam that give off an ugly hospital lights. I hate them.
Looking on the brighter side...
written by Brenda Somes, July 23, 2008
Sure, there are probably many less-than-perfect CFL situations, but the dimmable CFLs do answer two dilemmas for me:
1)exterior lights on photo sensor switches (couldn't put the two together before this)
2)ceiling fan light fixtures that have dimmers- CFLs are no brainers paired with ceiling fans as fan vibration causes filament bulbs to die young.
written by Bob, August 10, 2008
I don't understand this - I built a room addition in 1999 and furnished it with 5 dimmable cfl's in enclosed fixtures. They are all still working, (well, I may have replaced one) and the room is used often. They dim quite well. Why did this article appear 8 years later? These things have been around for about ten years now. Not just 1 year.
To those who think the bulbs don't save
written by Bob, August 10, 2008
For any bulb you use for an average of 1 hour per day you will save about 15 kilowatt hours per year going from a 60 watt to an equivalent 15 watts. So you save about $1.50 per bulb. If the bulb lasts 8 years (which on average it will at that low usage), you save $12.00 on electricity. At $4.00 per CFL bulb you just saved $8.00 by buying this bulb. I am not including interest but I am also not including inflation and air conditioning cost or the fact that you will buy 3 standard bulbs, have an increased fire risk with standard bulbs etc. Anyone who says you don't save money with CFL's has not done the elementary school math needed to prove the point and likely have some other agenda they are promoting.
Some important points have been raised.
written by jm, September 20, 2008
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Some important points have been raised.
written by jm, September 20, 2008
It is said that lighting in homes only accounts for about 5 percent of the elecric bill. Some very important points have been raised about the viagra discussionsdiscount priced viagra government trying to force CFL's down our throats. There are tons of things we can do to save much more electricity.

Just a couple of things off the top of my head right now that people leave on alot:

HD cable box = 25 watts of continuous power. On or off? doesn't matter. The box has to be ready 24/7 to talk back and forth with the cable company. Though there are things they can do to design in a low power standby mode. That's for every one. Add 10-12 watts for every other non-hd cable box. Any other thing you have plugged in add 2-3 watts.

coffee maker = 2000 watts (typical). Don't let the coffee cook for three hours then pour it down the drain anyway. Turn it off after an hour and save 4-5 kwh right then and there.

Some important points have been raised.
written by jm, September 20, 2008
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I know lots of cialis discussionsdiscount priced cialis people LOVE to leave their computers on nearly 24/4. Typical desktop computer system? 200-250 watts. A good 50 watts of that feeds that 3ghz multicore newfangled CPU thing you had to have. At the very least set up the monitor to shut off after a half hour of idle time. Especially for LCD monitors since those fluorescent lamps in there will last longer.

One thing with lights I notice is that people will tend to leave a fluorescent light on more often thinking that it uses less power, but end up using more power due to leaving it on more. This perceived power usage happened in my house actually. In our basement, there were two of these 4 foot fluorescent tubes that would get left on occasionally. People would go down there and do whatever they were going to do and sometimes leave that light on when they were done. Perhaps they think that "I might go back down here." excuse for leaving the light on. Well time came for those fluorescent tubes when they finally died. I took out the screw-in plug adapter thing from the porcelain socket and purchase of viagra put in a 150w bulb. It's about the same light as the fluorescent tubes before it, but anyway this 150w has not gotten left on in the two years it has served our basement. The wife even commented "a hundred and fifty watts? oh I better not leave that on." when I first put it in.

You know that people are scared about the mercury in fluorescent lights? Your family dentist has been putting hundreds of cialis alternitives times more mercury than that's in a fluorescent bulb in your fillings. A CFL contains about 4mg of mercury, and a single filling contains 450mg or more. The problem with CFL's is the fact that 90 percent aren't recycled, so most of the mercury ends up in the environment. It's that large scale non-recycling that causes that seemingly tiny amout of mercury in each CFL to add up and cause a problem. It's not just mercury either. The phosphor powder, and electronics cointain lead solder joints and other chemicals that shouldn't be thrown away in large numbers. Other things like the plastic casing too should be recycled since plastic lasts thousands of years in a londfill, not to mention manufacturing plastic releases several nasties as well.
Dimming CFLs & Color
written by Matt, December 06, 2008
We supply dimming CFLs, 3-Way CFls and many shapes and sizes.

The actual color of the light source itself in Kelvin units. 2700K is a relatively warm light source (like Incandescent), 3500K a bit cooler (like Warm White Fluorescent tubes) while 5500K is “refrigerator” cold (even “whiter” then Cool White Fluorescent tubes).

Green Lighting Supply, Inc. carries soft white bulbs that are 2700K.

These bulbs are third generation and every bulb that leaves our warehouse is tested prior to shipping.

We donate a percentage of our sales to the Green Ribbon Program in addition to what the manufacturer donates.

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CFLs have their place (not dimmers)
written by Nathan, December 07, 2008
I just bought two $11 dimmable CFLs from Lowe's. They were name brand and online pharmacy cost levitra replaced 65 watt bulbs. They did not dim much at all, cost a lot more than regular bulbs and gave off a florescent colored light. I will be returning them. CFLs have their place but not in a situation where they need to be dimmed. I have replaced a lot of visit our site uk levitra my lamps with CFLs and they work fine and give of a nice soft white light. I DON' T recommend DIMMABLE CFLs.
Dimmable fluorescent bulbs may need seas
written by David, December 23, 2008
Burn-in period -- perhaps this doesn't apply to CFL, or maybe it's the reason some fail to meet expectations.

We are considering dimmable T5 fluorescent tubes (but maybe not, as ballasts and controls are horrendously expensive). Manufacturers recommend that these be seasoned, that is, operated at full brightness, for some period from 12 hours or more.

See http://www.lightingdesignlab.c...soning.htm
written by Jono, March 05, 2009
CFLs use less energy operationally but what about the energy used to make, transport [they're heavier than halogens]and dispose.This is called embodied energy. when you add operatioanl energy to embodied energy you get a true sustainabilty view of products. No manufacturer or Govenment agency will advise on embodied energy either because it would ruin the crusade to convert to CFLs or because they don't know. New Zealand has rescinded the ban on incandescents.Look beyond!
To the gentleman stating he's "saving to
written by Rizzy, May 05, 2009
....I have news for you. Your home's electric bill will be higher, believe it or not. I'm not sure if you really know how how "dimming" works, but it's essentially regulating the current going through the socket. This may be hard to understand, but you are essentially using MORE energy to dim them, then you are at full, 100% output.

Don't believe me? Put a lamp, with an incandescent bulb in it, on top of an old tuner/receiver. Turn the buy viagra professional volume up on the receiver (making sure it's not on "Radio" or something producing noise...just silent).

Now, turn the lamp on 100%. THEN, start dimming it....that 60-cycle electrical BUZZ that you will hear coming through the receiver and out through your speakers/headphones (and I gaurantee you will hear it) will get louder, and louder and louder the lower and lower you dim that bulb.

So....good luck with those electric bills....
Can't use electronic dimmers with CFLs
written by ToWC, May 26, 2009
Dimmable CFLs do not work with electronic dimmers such as the Lutron Maestro dimmers.
Dimmable CFLs
written by Cheryl, August 17, 2009
I'd like to respond to 'dimmers do not save money'. Back in the 1960s they didn't but todays dimmers do. The older dimmers worked with a rheostat (giant resistor) and released the additional energy in the form of heat. Todays dimmers save energy by reducing the time the light bulb is actually on. The bulb is turned on and off rapidly (120x per second, the human eye does not detect it) usually with the use of a component called a triac. So the energy output is actually less than the input.

As for dimming CFL bulbs, that depends on how you expect the bulb to act. A CFL will not act like your incandescent bulb. Generally they have a limited dimming range and will cut out at the low end. Fluorescent bulbs require a different dimmer than an incandescent bulb to function properly. It is reare to find a CFL that has a full dimming range when used with an incadescent dimmer.

Feel free to ask me about CFL or incandescent dimming.
Anyone know of dimmable CIRCULAR CFL bulbs?
written by Bnad, September 14, 2009
I'm looking for a dimmable circular CFL bulb (one that looks like a donut with a really big hole). Not one that is squiggly light bulb shape. These don't seem to exist on any of the CFL bulb suppliers on the Web. Lots of sites have dimmable CFLs for sale, and lots of sites have circular CFLs for sale, but no site that I've found (,,,, and many others I could list but won't) carries dimmable circular CFLS.
Does anyone know of a CFL site that carries dimmable circular CFLs?
written by Frank, February 20, 2010
I bought some 26 watt (90 watt equivalent) dimmable CFL flood lamps to use in recessed ceiling fixtures with a standard dimmer switch. It works, but the dimming range is small and requires delicate adjustment in a very small range or the lights go out altogether. I want to dim the lights for ambiance.

Would an electronic dimmer give me a greater range of dimming and easier adjustment over a wider range of adjustment on the switch?
Dimmable CFl Switches(bisque/baise color)
written by Matthew Sommer, March 25, 2010
Is there a dimmer cfl switch that comes in bisque or bausch color(mind my spelling), instead of the typical white??
CFL technology used for mind control - Ask yourself, "Why ban incandescent light tech?"
written by Brad, March 08, 2011
These bulbs will be used as part of the SSSS technology group of psycotronics. I would encourage everyone who does not want to be affected to never use them. Tags: frequency, radiation, silent sound spread spectrum, high definition digital television, smart meter, department of defense, Silent Subliminal Presentation System, UHF
Fully Dimmable CFLs Officially Launched
written by Norm, April 11, 2011
@ Brad: I've asked myself your question, "Why ban incandescent light tech?". That's like asking why fine drivers who aren't wearing a seatbelt? Before the seatbelt law, about 15-20 % wore belts; after, 75-85% wear them. Lots of people won't change their behavior (even when it's good for them) unless "punished" for not changing. In the case of CFLs vs incandescents, most people won't start to change out out their incandescents to CFLs, even tho the former takes MUCH more we enter an era in which we don't have the surplus electrical generating capacity to sustain this UNNECESSARY waste of power...not to mention that the (petroleum) cost of generating power is now negatively affecting us economically.
Dimmable CFL Have Come a Long Way
written by ruth fisher, November 04, 2011
Since this article was written over four years ago, there have been major improvements in dimmable CFL lighting. You've gotta give the TCP TruDim a try - dimmable down to 2% with no low-end flicker. Read about them here.

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