Some light bulbs are less green than they seem

Tickell, Oliver
April 1991
New Scientist;4/13/91, Vol. 130 Issue 1764, p23
States that claims of substantial energy savings from compact fluorescent lightbulbs are misleading according to a report of independent energy consultants. Circuitry of fluorescent light bulbs; Comment from Geoff Stephenson of Chalkline Energy Consultants; Worst offenders; Results of Chalkline study suggesting the bulbs put more of a load on the electrical grid than claimed by the manufacturer; How the charges are passed on to the consumers in the form of higher electricity charges.


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