Unveiling the CCFL

We are in the process of adding over 20 different cold cathode fluorescent light bulbs (CCFLs) to pegasuslighting.com, so we thought it was prime time for a blog feature on CCFLs.

The market for energy-efficient light bulbs is ever-growing.  Just in the past couple of months, Vu1 Corporation has developed a light bulb based on technology from a picture tube TV, Google and Lighting Science Group have partnered to create an Android-controlled LED light bulb, and GE has designed a “hybrid” halogen-compact fluorescent light bulb.

The cold cathode fluorescent light bulb is by no means a new technology, but it is a product that has improved significantly in the past few years.  In fact, Gizmodo wrote a feature on them back in 2007 explaining their potential:

These other-worldly cold cathode fluorescent light bulbs are in some ways even better than CFL (compact fluorescent) bulbs, because they’re easily dimmable and operate at room temperature. They have extremely long life, are wet-rated for outdoor use and can be used as blinking lights in tacky store displays, too. Plus, they save lots of energy because of their lower wattage and nonexistent heat output.

The only disadvantage Gizmodo cited at the time was their low light output.  However, they noted “this nascent technology is destined to improve in short order.”  Well, Gizmodo was right.

The CCFLs on the market today typically range from 2 to 8 watts of energy consumption, yet they can directly replace an incandescent light bulb of up to 45 watts – without any loss of light output.  Their rated life is up to 25,000 hours (the equivalent of some LED light bulbs), and they offer unique dimming capabilities.

Stay tuned early next week for more details about CCFLs: This is a light bulb you’re going to want to know about as the incandescent phase out approaches.

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.