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How Do I Get the Most from my CFLs?

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Do the twist.

Screw in your CFL by holding the ballast (the white plastic part), NOT the glass tubing.

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Don’t flip too fast.

You’ll maximize the lifetime savings and effectiveness of your CFLs by keeping them on for 15 minutes or more at a time.

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Choose 3 for 3.

Only use bulbs labeled as three-way on three-way sockets.

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Don’t dim a non-dimmable.

Only use bulbs labeled as dimmable on dimmer switches.

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Check your controls.

Most photocells, motion sensors and electric timers are not designed to work with CFLs. Always check with the manufacturer of the control for compatibility.

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Give them air.

CFLs are sensitive to extreme temperatures, so place your CFLs in open fixtures indoors. Using them in enclosed fixtures indoors can create a hot environment that reduces the lifetime of your bulbs. Note that covered reflectors are best used in recessed cans.

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Protect them outside.

Protect bulbs from the elements by placing them inside enclosed fixtures outdoors. For colder climates, look at the packaging for optimal operating temperatures.

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