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All About Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Compact fluorescent light bulbs are durable and energy-efficient, not forgetting the fact that they are affordable when compared to incandescent bulbs. These types of light bulbs provide extra light for a large family, and you can find the original ones from Mr. Electric Of Katy. 

Compact fluorescent light bulbs had been around since the 1880s, but it was around the 1930s they became commercially available. The dedication and hard work of numerous inventors have ensured the progression of fluorescent technology over the years. 

Inventions in Compact fluorescent light bulbs

In the 19th century, German investors- Henrich Geissler and Julius Plucker developed a way of generating electricity by eliminating air from a long glass tube, by passing electricity through it. This process gave birth to the Geissler tube which was the foundation for the 20th-century method of generating electricity. 

In the early 1900s, Peter Cooper Hewitt designed the blue-green light through the passage of electricity into Mercury vapor and then adding a Ballast to regulate the current. The color spectrum made this invention not viable, even though it is more efficient than incandescent light. 

 In the 1920s and 1930s, American lighting companies invested more in generating light from Phosphorous, a material capable of absorbing Ultra-violet light and converting it into white light. This was found to be three times more efficient than incandescent light. This technology was later introduced to the US Navy to light American war plants. 

In 1973, Sylvanian researchers decided to conduct researches on ways to make Ballasts much smaller so that they can fit into bulbs, but the project was not feasible. A few years later, precisely in 1976, Edward Hammer and GE were able to bend lighting tube into a spiral option and were the first to design the first compact fluorescent bulb. The expense of machinery to be used made the project to be postponed. 

Lend a Hand- a United States Government Utility company ordered Compact fluorescent bulbs, which led to the mass production of such fluorescent bulbs. By the mid-1980s the cost of compact bulbs was still too high for average users, though they last for about 10 times longer and use up 75% less energy. By the end of the 1990s, prices had considerably gone down, as more researches are being conducted in reducing the costs of producing the Compact fluorescent light bulbs. 

Compact fluorescent bulb- The next stage

By the end of the year 2007, compact fluorescent bulbs had accounted for more than 20% of total sales of the light bulb. As of the year 1996, 50% of German households and 80% of Japanese households rely on Compact fluorescent light bulbs. Other countries like China and Brazil also have a substantial percentage of their population relying on Compact Fluorescent bulbs. With 75% of less energy used by Compact fluorescent bulbs, you will save money on utilities.

Are you considering dumping your regular incandescent lights for compact fluorescent lights? This could be the best time to contact an electrician at Mr. Electric Of Katy. We offer genuine compact fluorescent bulbs and our electrical repair, installation and replacement services are 100% guaranteed. 

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