Whether or not you think this is a good idea depends on your viewpoint. Purely based on energy consumption, it certainly sounds sensible – but only if you believe the numbers concerning relative energy consumption of incandescent lamps versus CFLs. Clearly, the mercury content of CFLs should be a concern, but apparently not to European legislators. Other groups point out that CFLs are totally unsuitable for certain applications. Their light quality can leave a lot to be desired, and can even cause problems for people with poor vision.
This article was published in the January/February 2009 issue of LEDs Magazine.
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