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Light Bulbs and Fixtures

Changing the world starts with simple actions. When you replace light bulbs or entire light
fixtures in your home with ones that have earned the government’s ENERGY STAR, you help
preserve energy resources and reduce the risks of global warming while saving money and
time buying and changing lights in your home.

ENERGY STAR qualified lighting provides bright, warm light but uses about 75% less energy
than standard lighting, produce 75 percent less heat, and lasts up to 10 times longer.

Did you know?
To save the most energy and money, replace your highest used fixtures or the light bulbs in
them with energy-efficient models. The five highest use fixtures in a home are typically the
kitchen ceiling lights, the living or family room table and floor lamps, and outdoor porch or
post lamp. ENERGY STAR qualified lighting fixtures and replacement bulbs can be found at
home improvement and hardware stores, lighting showrooms, and other retail stores,
including on-line outlets.

The smallest things can add up to a real difference. We encourage you to change out the
light fixtures or bulbs at home that you use most with ENERGY STAR qualified models. If every
American home replaced their 5 most frequently used light fixtures or the bulbs in them with
ones that have earned the ENERGY STAR, we would save close to $8 billion each year in
energy costs, and together we would prevent the greenhouse gases equivalent to the
emissions from nearly 10 million cars.

FACT: The energy used in the average home can be responsible for more than twice the
greenhouse gas emissions of the average car. When you use less energy at home, you
reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and help protect our environment from
the risks of global climate change.
Residential Light Fixtures

By replacing the five most frequently used light fixtures in your home with ENERGY STAR
qualified models, you can save more than $65 each year in energy costs. Light fixtures that
have earned the ENERGY STAR combine quality and attractive design with the highest levels
of energy efficiency available today.

Earning the Government's ENERGY STAR

ENERGY STAR Qualified Fixtures:
  • Use 1/4 the energy of traditional lighting.
  • Save money on energy bills and bulb replacements, with bulbs that must last at least
    10,000 hours (about seven years of regular use).
  • Distribute light more efficiently and evenly than standard fixtures.
  • Come in hundreds of decorative styles including portable fixtures — such as table,
    desk and floor lamps — and hard-wired options such as front porch, dining room,
    kitchen ceiling and under-cabinet, hallway ceiling and wall, bathroom vanity fixtures,
    and more
  • Deliver convenient features such as dimming on some indoor models and automatic
    daylight shut-off and motion sensors on outdoor models.
  • Can be found at most home centers, lighting showrooms, and specialty stores.
  • Carry a two year warranty — double the industry standard.

Remember, saving energy prevents pollution. When you use less energy at home, you
lessen greenhouse gas emissions in our atmosphere. If every home in America completely
replaced the five light fixtures they use most with ENERGY STAR qualified models, we would
collectively prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of nearly 10 million cars.

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
If every American home replaced just one light bulb with an
ENERGY STAR qualified bulb, we would save enough energy to
light more than 3 million homes for a year, more than $600 million in
annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to
the emissions of more than 800,000 cars.
Earning the Government's ENERGY STAR

ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs:

  • ENERGY STAR qualified bulbs use about 75 percent less energy than standard
    incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer.
  • Save about $30 or more in electricity costs over each bulb's lifetime.
  • Produce about 75 percent less heat, so they're safer to operate and can cut energy
    costs associated with home cooling.
  • Are available in different sizes and shapes to fit in almost any fixture, for indoors and

How to Choose and Where to Use CFLs:

ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs provide the greatest savings in fixtures that are on for a
substantial amount of time each day. At a minimum, ENERGY STAR recommends installing
qualified CFLs in fixtures that are used at least 15 minutes at a time or several hours per day.
The best fixtures to use qualified CFLs in are usually found in the following areas of your
•family and living rooms
•dining room

How to Choose the Right Light:

Matching the right CFL to the right kind of fixture helps ensure that it will perform properly and
last a long time.

For example:
  • CFLs perform best in open fixtures that allow airflow, such as table and floor lamps, wall
    sconces, pendants, and outdoor fixtures.
  • For recessed fixtures, it is better to use a reflector CFL than a spiral CFL since the
    design of the reflector evenly distributes the light down to your task area.
  • If a light fixture is connected to a dimmer or three-way switch, you'll need to use a
    special ENERGY STAR qualified CFL designed to work in these applications. Make sure
    to look for CFLs that specify use with dimmers or three-way fixtures.
  • Choose a qualified CFL that offers a shade of white light that works best for you. For
    example, while most CFLs provide warm or soft white light for your home, you could
    choose a cooler color for task lighting.
  • To choose the ENERGY STAR qualified CFL with the right amount of light, find a
    qualified CFL that is labeled as equivalent to the incandescent bulb you are replacing.
    Light bulb manufacturers include this information right on the product packaging to
    make it easy for consumers to choose the equivalent bulb. Common terms include
    "Soft White 60" or "60 Watt Replacement."

You should also check the lumen rating to find the right CFL. The higher the lumen rating, the
greater the light output. Consult the following chart to determine what CFL wattage is best to
replace your incandescent light bulb:
CFL Disposal — Closing the loop:

CFLs contain a small amount of mercury and should be disposed of properly, ideally recycled.
More information regarding mercury in CFLs, including proper disposal options and what to do
if a bulb breaks, can be found below, in this fact sheet.

Broken CFL?

If a CFL should break in your home, EPA provides clean-up guidelines that can be performed
by the general public.

CFL Sizes and Shapes

CFLs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The majority of CFLs are designed to look
identical to the incandescent light bulb version. The table below identifies the most popular
CFL shapes that are available at retail:
Mini-Spiral or
Tube or
Globe G25,
G30, G40
Post or Bullet
Indoor and Outdoor
R20, R30, R40, PAR38
Bare Products
Covered Products
Reflector Products
Where to Use CFLs Around Your Home

Now that you know CFLs are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, where should you use

The following chart provides guidance on how to choose the best CFL for a specific fixture. You
can either look for the fixture you want to use a CFL in, or pick your favorite CFL and see where
the best fixtures to use it in. In many cases, a certain CFL type can be used in multiple fixtures.
For example, today's bare spiral CFL is small enough to use in table lamps, wall sconces,
ceiling-mounted fixtures, ceiling fans, etc.
ENERGY STAR Qualified CFLs and Color
  Example of a 2700K qualified CFL                                 Example of a 3500K qualified CFL
ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs can produce varying shades of white light. The shade of white
light is identified by the
correlated color temperature or CCT, which is measured in kelvin

Lower kelvin numbers mean the light has a warmer color, while higher Kelvin numbers mean
the light has a cooler color.

The majority of CFLs available in the market offer soft or warm white light (2700K–3000K),
which is comparable to an incandescent bulb.

This color range works well in most residential settings and enhances warmer colors (red,
yellow, orange) found in your home.

Qualified CFLs are also available in higher kelvin color temperature CFLs (3500K, 4100K,
5000K, 6500K) and will emit more white to bluish-white light. These products are usually
identified with the terms "bright white," "natural" or "daylight."

These colors will enhance cooler colors (blue, green, violet) in your home.
What to Do if a Fluorescent Light Bulb Breaks

EPA is continually reviewing its clean-up and disposal recommendations for CFLs to ensure
that the Agency presents the most up-to-date information for consumers and businesses.

Fluorescent light bulbs contain a very small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tubing.
EPA recommends the following clean-up and disposal guidelines:

Before Clean-up: Air Out the Room

  • Have people and pets leave the room, and don't let anyone walk through the breakage
    area on their way out.
  • Open a window and leave the room for 15 minutes or more.
  • Shut off the central forced-air heating/air conditioning system, if you have one.

Clean-Up Steps for Hard Surfaces
  • Carefully scoop up glass pieces and powder using stiff paper or cardboard and place
    them in a glass jar with metal lid (such as a canning jar) or in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and
  • Wipe the area clean with damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes. Place towels in
    the glass jar or plastic bag.
  • Do not use a vacuum or broom to clean up the broken bulb on hard surfaces.

Clean-up Steps for Carpeting or Rug
  • Carefully pick up glass fragments and place them in a glass jar with metal lid (such as a
    canning jar) or in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and
  • If vacuuming is needed after all visible materials are removed, vacuum the area where
    the bulb was broken.
  • Remove the vacuum bag (or empty and wipe the canister), and put the bag or vacuum
    debris in a sealed plastic bag.

Clean-up Steps for Clothing, Bedding and Other Soft Materials
  • If clothing or bedding materials come in direct contact with broken glass or mercury-
    containing powder from inside the bulb that may stick to the fabric, the clothing or
    bedding should be thrown away. Do not wash such clothing or bedding because
    mercury fragments in the clothing may contaminate the machine and/or pollute sewage.
  • You can, however, wash clothing or other materials that have been exposed to the
    mercury vapor from a broken CFL, such as the clothing you are wearing when you
    cleaned up the broken CFL, as long as that clothing has not come into direct contact
    with the materials from the broken bulb.
  • If shoes come into direct contact with broken glass or mercury-containing powder from
    the bulb, wipe them off with damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes. Place the
    towels or wipes in a glass jar or plastic bag for disposal.

Disposal of Clean-up Materials
  • Immediately place all clean-up materials outdoors in a trash container or protected area
    for the next normal trash pickup.
  • Wash your hands after disposing of the jars or plastic bags containing clean-up
  • Check with your local or state government about disposal requirements in your specific
    area. Some states do not allow such trash disposal. Instead, they require that broken
    and unbroken mercury-containing bulbs be taken to a local recycling center.

Future Cleaning of Carpeting or Rug: Air Out the Room During and After Vacuuming

  • The next several times you vacuum, shut off the central forced-air heating/air
    conditioning system and open a window before vacuuming.
  • Keep the central heating/air conditioning system shut off and the window open for at
    least 15 minutes after vacuuming is completed.
Re'New Home Center's, Thoughts on CFL Light Bulbs

Congress passed a bill which would require Americans to buy CFL’s and bans incandescent
bulbs by 2014.

Our concern is that CFL’s contain mercury. They must be disposed of in a particular way. See
above to view the EPA’s recommendations for what to do if a fluorescent light bulb breaks.

Ken Luchon's Comment: I don’t plan on using CFL in my home at this time. I’ve tried many
different types and don’t like the light, plus I’m concerned about the ‘overall cost to the
environment’ of this ‘energy saving’ device.
The Electrical Safety Authority Responds to Consumer Concerns About Compact
Fluorescent Lamps

Toronto, ON– The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) is receiving increasing reports from
concerned consumers regarding the end-of-life failure of Compact Fluorescent Lamps
(CFLs). The end-of-life failure for CFLs may vary depending on the manufacturer of the CFL,
and on the type and location of the lighting fixture being used. When CFLs fail they may emit
smoke, an odour, or a popping sound; and the plastic base may become discoloured, charred
or deformed. Certification agencies have advised that this failure does not present a shock or
fire hazard for approved products.

This picture is representative of CFL failures reported to ESA.

ESA is concerned that it can be difficult for consumers to distinguish between what is normal
and what

may be a precursor to fire or some other hazardous condition. As a safety precaution, ESA

consumers to replace CFLs at the first sign of failure or aging. The early warning signs to look
for include:

flickering, a bright orange or red glow, popping sounds, an odour, or browning of the ballast


ESA is also advising consumers that different CFLs are required for different applications and
use. CFLs

may lack information on the packaging, or provide conflicting information about safe product

Consumers are encouraged to read the base of the lamp and to contact manufacturers for

information if required. Unless otherwise specified, CFLs should not be used: in totally

recessed fixtures; with dimmer switches; in touch lamps with photocells or with electronic
timers; where

exposed to weather; or where exposed to water.

ESA is encouraging product manufacturers to review packaging information to support
consumers in

making safe product decisions. Activities are underway to update the existing Canadian safety

for CFLs to address consumers’ end-of-life product issues.

Contact: Electrical Safety Authority: Ted Olechna, Provincial Code Engineer, (905) 712-5366.

Here are the comments that were submitted to Mike Holt's Website Regarding CFL Usage:

Most compact fluorescent bulbs that are on the market that do not have a second layers of
glass can be used outdoor in an enclosed fixture. Nevertheless, some outdoor fixtures block
the cooling holes is the base blah blah blah.

I have used compact fluorescent bulbs for years and in some cases a 23 watt or 26 watt bulbs
to goose up and a fixture that is rated only 60 watts incandescent.

They seem ( on average ) to withstand the stresses of moving from Cleveland, Ohio to Akron,
Ohio even the cheap ones.

Mike Cole

Michael R. Cole  

For years I used 40 watt incandescent bulbs in a recessed "can" light which has a covered
trim ring (located in a bathroom). If it was left on for more than an hour or so the thermal reset
on the can would trip and then reset when it had cooled off for a while. About 6 months ago I
replaced the bulb with a 40w equiv. (9w?) CFL and the thermal has not tripped since. But now
ya'll have me worrying. In recessed can lights shouldn't the thermal reset (required in all can
lights, I believe) prevent any hazardous temperature build up?

Tim Wissman

what a cop out! if i had a outlet, a connector, a light bulb socket ,fail in this way it would be a
hazard! in their zeal to save energy are they really willing to sacrifice lives smoke and charring
is not an acceptable end of life condition !!!!!


I have had 2 of these bulbs fail (end of life) while in use. The first bulb emitted a STRONG
burning odor and the plastic base started to melt. The second bulb emitted a STRONG
burning odor only. Users should be aware of this. No warning was listed on the package
concerning the odor or base melting.

William J. Yeagley

We have noted several U.L. Listed lighting fixture failures at one of our clients numerous
residential facilities that appear to be directly related to the heat from the CFL lamp base.

The particular fixtures were installed as part of a utility retrofit rebate program prior to our
involvement and are not of the quality that we would normally recommend.

No fires have resulted, however the heat has caused the lamp base holder to fail and allows
the energized lamp to fall against the lens which in turn gets hot and deforms. This is not
occurring just at the end of lamp life.

My belief is U.L. needs to review their fixture standards for CFL lamp application.

Don Renbarger

My experiences are similar to all the above, especially with base-up installs. I have however
installed some CFLs that are housed in a floodlight housing and so far they are lasting longer
than the open coil style

Rhine Meyering

I have been using CFLs almost exclusively in my home since 2002. I have witnessed a CFL
leaking fluid (I assume from a capacitor) when it failed. And a second CFL shattered when it

My experience is that CFLs appear to fail much sooner and much more violently when
installed horizontally (e.g., in a bathroom vanity) than when installed vertically (e.g., in a table

My recommendation is to remove power and replace a CFL as soon as it starts flickering,
especially if it is mounted horizontally.

Paul A. Harouff, P.E.   

After replacing all my old incandescent light with CFL I have been noticing a popping sound
on all the switches when turning them on. An ark can be seen at night when switches are
activated. I have the suspicious that something is wrong with the electronics inside the CFL.

Michael gonzalez  

Reply from: Mark Prairie
Michael, When you changed to a CFL, you changed the switch load from a resistive to an
inductive load which (provided there are no wiring, lamp or switch defects) may produce the
arc and popping sound. The age of the switch is a factor in this.

The GE site recommends that they be used in a base down position. At the most a horizontal
position, their packaging indicates this also. The life expectancy is greatly reduced in a base
up position and they do not recommend there use in enclosed, "canned light" configurations,
as this will also decrease their life. This will severely limit there usage as I see it.


Reply from: Mark Prairie
Thanks Ed, you answered the question I posted earlier.

I guess CFL's have no advantage when used in the most common fixtures, such as exterior
entrance, where they must be on at night, without the motion sensor, which causes a delay
due to warm-up during the cool seasons.

In May I replaced all the lights with the compact bulbs and two have already burned out.

Paul Vendemmia   


The base of a CFL is over 200 F degrees a 60 watt incandescent about 119 F degrees. This
would make it more of fire hazard in closet and storage spaces.

Bob Matthews  

I've not witnessed burning to the extent shown in the photo, but I've noticed a few bases that
were showing burn marks after removal of a nonfunctioning unit.

I've been marking the installation date on CF tubes for several years. Nearly half have failed
within a few months after installation. I do have a few that have survived over 2 years before
failure, but those are the exception to the norm.

This seems to be consistent across brands and wattages.

I'm not convinced that I am really saving any money. What I may be saving in energy costs,
has been spent on replacing all the early-failures.

Shawn Coppel  

As an experiment, I've been using CFL's for a number of years in my kitchen in recessed
(can) lighting fixtures. Each time I install a CFL I write the installation date on the base with a
permanent marker. While the CFL's are warranted to last 6 - 7 years the best I've gotten out
of them is just over two years. Some of the CFL's I've removed look very much like the one
pictured in your E-mail. While I have not tested this, I've surmised that the CFL's probably will
work for the warranted period in a pedestal lamp where the base is on the bottom and there is
plenty of air circulation.


So first they save you energy...then they burn out and burn your house down.

Nice tradeoff....


Reply from: Brad
Can you site an occurrence of this?


Some times when I have replaced these lamps the spiral have broken off at the base, leaving
the leads exposed. This creates a shock hazard that not everyone who changes lamps is
aware of. Never mind of the environmental issues inside our homes with the mercury inside
the lamp itself. Manufactures should do a better job of labeling there products.

Jorge Medina  


I have had at least 10 of these lamps fail in this way. All were well before the stated life of 7
years (most within 2 years). If the industry wants to continue to push this product on the
public, they MUST make a better product.



Concerns about CFL's are related to the mercury hazard when the bulb element is shattered.
To quote a reliable source (Wikipedia): "Cleanup of broken fluorescent lamps A broken
fluorescent tube is more hazardous than a broken conventional incandescent bulb due to the
mercury content. Because of this, the safe cleanup of broken fluorescent bulbs differs from
cleanup of conventional broken glass or incandescent bulbs. 99% of the mercury is typically
contained in the phosphor, especially on lamps that are near their end of life [6]. Therefore, a
typical safe cleanup usually involves careful disposal of any broken glass, as well as any
loose white powder (fluorescent glass coating), in accordance with local hazardous waste
laws. A wet towel should be used instead of a vacuum cleaner for cleanup of glass and
powder, to reduce the vaporization of the mercury into the air."

Jim Nolan  


The mercury in CFL's remain a concern for safe handling and disposal, and this issue is not
addressed in the attached document.

james rae   


I have CFLs installed throughout my house for about three years. Most of the packages
declared a 5 years life while a few have claimed 7 years. I have not witnessed any
catastrophic failures causing smoking or charring. I have noted that the life span claims seem
optimistic. I have replaced about a third of the CFLs so far. Some last a just a few weeks.
What I do know is the laissez-faire attitude in congress has gutted the ability of both the NEC
and FCC to properly monitor and enforce their regulations. So in the same way that the CDC
and DHS can't stop people with contagious diseases; the FDA can't stop melamine laced food
imports; the FCC can't stop radio frequency abuses; neither can the NEC enforce quality
controls for the CFLs. We need to complain and watch government agencies with a critical
eye if we want them to be effective and manufacturers to produce good products.


Reply from: Tall Bill
While you mention several agencies, don't forget about the EPA, whose policies regarding
exposure to toxic agents has been largely unenforced, and or taken on by others who due to
financial limitations are unable to oversee corrections on a timely basis. Shifting everything to
the private sector does not balance when budgeting is considered.


Can anyone explain what causes this condition?

I have noticed there is no recommended position ( base down, up, ect). for these lamps on the
packaging that I have seen.

Mark Prairie


Our chemical manufacturing facility is considering replacing some of the incandescent lamps
with these types of compact fluorescent lamps in Class 1 Div 2 hazardous classified areas.
Are there any particular codes that address this type of use, or anyone have any experience
in this area?

Frances H. Strader   

Reply from: Larry Cox
If the use is in an enclosed fixture then heat containment may be a problem. I think that most
CFLs are designed for open fixtures.


We just had one of these fail in a kitchen fixture. The smell, which was a lot like melting
insulation, was a bit disconcerting. Now that we've gone through this it will be easier to locate
when the next one fails in this mode. The lamp did look a lot like the photo although not quite
so dark at the tube end.



Mike Holt Comment: After reviewing the industry comments, I think they are not worth the risk
of a fire, or the long term problems that they will create. So I’ll not use them in my home…