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Frequently asked questions

CFL — What does this abbreviation mean?

Compact Fluorescent Lamp. For more information, see the Wikipedia article.

HID — What does this abbreviation mean?

High Intensity Discharge Lamp. These lamps are typically used for illuminating large areas. The most common types are mercury vapor (MV), metal halide (MH), and high-pressure sodium (HPS).

How do I safely clean up a broken bulb that contains mercury?

The Environmental Protection Agency has detailed instructions. The most important step is to first get out and air the room! Note that CFL’s, fluorescent tubes, high intensity discharge bulbs, neon bulbs, and other lamps may contain mercury. Please see this … Continue reading

Is it true that all incandescent light bulbs will be banned?

A national ban on the sale of incandescent light bulbs in the U.S. will take place in 2013. California will phase out their use by 2018. More details on this ban are provided in this Wikipedia article.

What are the four basic types of lighting?

Incandescent – the most common type of lighting in the home; the familiar light bulb Thomas Edison perfected as a practical, commercially viable lighting system. Fluorescent – used most commonly in commercial settings and which is much more efficient than … Continue reading

What are the tell-tale signs of obsolete lighting?

Any of the following should encourage you to get a free lighting audit: Flickering lights Buzzing noises Lighting color is unpleasant or mismatched Some areas are too dark / too bright Some areas have too much glare Can’t remember when … Continue reading

When should fluorescent lights be turned off?

Fluorescent lights should be turned off whenever you’ll be away for 15 minutes or more according to the US Department of Energy.