Sunday, September 28, 2008

Plug In Compact Fluorescents in California

If you are in California in a home that has been built in the last few years, don't be alarmed when you go to replace recessed light bulbs and you see something very foreign.

The state has mandated that all new construction be fitted with fixtures that only fit Plug In Compact Fluorescent light bulbs. Incandescent light bulbs and halogens aren't made with this type of plug in base so there is no risk of you buying one of those. This is in an effort to keep the energy consumption in check.

Many other areas of the country are using these types of fixtures as well but it's not a mandate. The light bulbs generally looks like the one below and will have either two or four plug in prongs at the bottom of the bulb. And the bulb will be either tubes that are straight and there will be multiple tubes or they will curve up and over and will generally have 2 or 3 bulbs that curve over.

Holly Eddins

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