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Electricity usage of a CFL Light Bulb

A CFL light bulb is also known as a compact fluorescent lamp or a compact fluorescent light, they were made to replace incandescent light bulbs. CFLs use 1/3rd to 1/5th the electrical power of incandescent lighting and can last 8 to 15 times longer. An average CFL bulb which provides 800 lumens will use only 13 to 15 watts compared to a similar incandescent bulb which uses 60 watts.

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Comparison Between LED, CFL and Incandescent Light Bulbs:

Lifespan in hours10,0009,0001,000
Watts (equivalent 60 watts)101460
Cost per bulb$2.50$2.40$1.25
Daily cost*$0.005$0.007$0.03
Annual cost*$1.83$2.56$10.95
Cost for 50k hours @ $0.10 kWh$50$70$300
Bulbs needed for 50k hours55.550
Total cost for 50k hours with bulb price$62.50$83.20$362.50

* Assuming 5 hours a day @ $0.10 per kWh.

CFL is a good option for lighting and may be preferred in some specific cases, as they produce slightly more heat than LEDs. But generally LED light bulbs are more energy efficient at a similar cost, and therefore are more preferred for typical house lighting.