What are CFL Light bulbs?

CFLs produce light differently than incandescent bulbs. We have to continuously buy light bulbs and knowing the difference is important.

In an incandescent, electric current runs through a wire filament and heats the filament until it starts to glow. In a CFL, an electric current is driven through a tube containing argon and a small amount of mercury vapor. This generates invisible ultraviolet light that excites a fluorescent coating (called phosphor) on the inside of the tube, which then emits visible light. CFLs need a little more energy when they are first turned on, but once the electricity starts moving, CFLs use about 70% less energy than incandescent bulbs. A CFL’s ballast helps "kick start" the CFL and then regulates the current once the electricity starts flowing. What an amazing product! MaxLite has been committed to providing energy efficient products for 20 years. MaxLite today announced a four-year, $1 million pledge to provide energy-efficient LED and CFL lamps and fixtures to Habitat for Humanity. The product donations will help create sustainable, affordable homes in partnership with low-income families across the United States. MaxLite CFL bulbs are available at all our store locations.