The Fluorescent Light Bulb

This week on Climate Clever we will focus on how to lower your energy use through electricity.

3% of all the electricity is converted to light while the other 77% is converted to heat, which is a waste of energy. By switching your light bulb to florescent light bulbs, you can reduce your household’s carbon footprint.

The florescent light bulb is also known as the energy efficient light bulb, which was created by Edward E. Hammer in 1976. The energy efficient light bulb uses up to 80% less energy and lasts up to 15 times longer than incandescent light bulbs. Incandescent light bulbs are the normal ones in households.

The energy saving light bulbs uses a different process called fluorescents. The fluorescent light bulb is full of gas and at the ends of the tube there is electrical circuit. When the light bulb connects to an electrical outlet it causes the electrons to jump from the metal electrodes and collide with mercury atoms causing them to produce ultra violet light. The ultraviolet light does not produce heat so there is no wasted energy. Less energy is used to power the light because 100% of the energy is used to provide light with no excess heat.

These fluorescent light bulbs will save you money and will result in lower energy use. If this is implemented around Australia our energy use can lower dramatically which means less green house gases and lowering global warming.



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