Q's Daily DIY Green Tips: CFL Life-cycle Shorteners

We have already discussed the advantages related to the longer life span of the compact fluorescent light bulb versus the incandescent light bulb.  Now let's look at what shortens the life of a CFL.  Using a non-dimmable CFL with a non-CFL dimmer switch will shorten the life of your bulb.  Also, something as simple as turning you lights on and off to frequently can shorten the life of a CFL.  Take this into consideration when retrofitting your home with energy efficient lighting and make use of interior lighting practices such as daylighting in spaces only requiring short term periods of light.

P Quentin Unsworth