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Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) are fluorescent light bulbs designed to use less power and last longer than incandescent lamps. CFL's produce the same amount of visible light and fit into incandescent light fixtures.
Compact Fluorescent Bulbs have a greater purchase price than equivalent incandescent lamps. However, the extended bulb life and lower energy costs compensate for the initial costs. A US article recently stated, "A household that invests $90 in changing 30 fixtures to CFL's would save $440 to $1,500 over the five-year life of the bulbs."
In the United States, a CFL can save over $30 in electricity costs over the lamp's lifetime compared to an incandescent lamp and save 2000 times its weight in greenhouse gases.
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