According to Wikipedia: “A compact fluorescent lamp (CFL), also known as a compact fluorescent light bulb is a type of fluorescent lamp designed to replace an incandescent lamp. Many CFLs can fit in the existing incandescent light fixtures.”
An interesting article I read today mentioned the following facts:
1. CFL’s take up to 70%-80% less electricity compared to incandescent lamps.
2. CFL’s living span is up to 6 to 10 times that of an incandescent lamp.
3. 11w of CFL power is equal to 60w of incandescent lamp power.
4. Changing 10 lamps to CFL’s will result in a yearly saving of up to 150$.
5. Most of the power in an incandescent lamp is wasted on heat not light.
6. California will soon ban the use of incandescent lamps. In Europe a similar law is currently drafted and in Australia the use of these lamps will be banned by 2010.
A classic win win situation in my opinion.