The CFL, 25 Years Later

The modern compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) was developed in 1985, so the year 2010 essentially marks its 25th anniversary.  How has the CFL grown over the years?

In 1997, 13.3 million CFLs were sold in the United States.  In 2001 (just four short years later), that number grew to 57 million bulbs.

Last year, more than 273 million CFLs were sold in the US.  A recent survey by Sylvania also found that 70 percent of homes have at least one CFL.

Emily Widle

Emily graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism. She enjoys scouring the news to report on the latest in the lighting industry as well as bringing valuable remodeling tips and exemplar home projects to light.

4 thoughts to “The CFL, 25 Years Later”

  1. These mercury filled lamps can’t disappear fast enough for me.
    I’m proud to say there’s not- one- of these in my house with
    the exception of my oven/microwave we use Led lights only
    Someone want to do the math over 2 million unit going to landfills each with 5 milligrams of nuerotoxins – Good riddance
    to bad lights!

  2. It’s exciting that LEDs are becoming more affordable. They are certainly more energy-efficient than CFLs, and the fact that they don’t contain toxic mercury makes them more environmentally-friendly as well. CFLs have dominated the energy-efficient market for the past couple of decades, but the future of lighting is in LEDs!

  3. I agree, total crap! I just cant believe lobbyists &propaganda surrounding these lams. The cost benefit is not only short sighted but a total lie. Consider this: How much energy goes into building a regular incandescent lamp vs. a CFL? Then consider the how much energy is required to dispose of them.

    .. not to mention the health issues associated with breakage etc. etc.
    I can go on and on.. they are a massive lie.

  4. Everyday I wake up, and advocate /sell / promote the use
    of quality solid state lighting. I can’t wait till
    the day Cfls are museum pieces. Good riddance to the
    low quality lamps of yesteryear! I haven’t used cfls in years Probably due to the fact its the 21st century – so I use
    Led lighting appropriate for our times!

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