CFL Bulbs

CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) are energy-saving bulbs used in lighting fixtures. The lamp consists of a fluorescent tube which has been made into a shape the same size as a traditional incandescent light bulb.

How does a CFL work?
Compact Fluorescent Bulbs contain gases which are given an electric current. This current creates UV light which excites the gases. A phosphorous layer is then produced on the inside which glows, giving off light. There is very little heating involved.

What shape are CFLs?
Compact fluorescent light bulbs come in various shapes, such as:
Candle bulbs represent the shape of a flame, with a pointed tip.
Globe bulbs are spherical shaped.
Spiral bulbs have a fluorescent tube which is shaped into a spiral curve.
Stick bulbs usually consist of multiple tubes which are straight.

What colour are CFL bulbs?
CFL light bulbs come in many variations of white. They are most commonly classed as "Cool White" or "Warm White", which describes the colour temperature of the light that the bulb emits. Colour temperature is a measurement of the light output, given in Kelvin (K). The higher the value, the cooler the white and the lower the value, the warmer the white. For example, 2700K would be warm white lighting, while 5000K would be cool white lighting.

CFL Bases:
The base of the bulb depicts what fitting it pairs with. CFL lamps usually have a Bayonet or Edison base, in various sizes. Bayonet bases are fitted with a push and twist action, while Edison is a screw in base.

Why choose a CFL bulb?
Fluorescent bulbs are designed to be more energy efficient than incandescent or halogen bulbs. They have a very low energy consumption which also saves money on electricity bills, over time.
CFL bulbs have a much longer lifetime too, of up to approximately 10 years. The lifetime of the light bulb will be stated in hours.

What is CFL Equivalent Wattage?
Although CFLs do not use the same technology as incandescent bulbs, they are often given a comparable wattage value. Many people are familiar with the appearance of different wattages, so it provides an easy comparison to the equivalent wattage.

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Description Price Shape Wattage Lamp Base Length Colour Temperature Incandescent Equivalent Wattage Colour Tone Colour Rendering Colour Reference Diameter Luminosity Life Hours EU Energy Efficiency Rating Series
RS Stock No. 791-8321
Mfr. Part No.0035012
BrandSylvania
£2.91
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Stick 11 W B22 118.5 mm 2700K 48W - 80 827 42mm 560 lm 8000h A -
RS Stock No. 791-8298
Mfr. Part No.0035205
BrandSylvania
£3.43
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Spiral 20 W B22 108 mm 2700K 90W - 80 827 55mm 1250 lm 10000h A -
RS Stock No. 800-3735
Mfr. Part No.82174
BrandGE
£16.56
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R80 23 W E27 130 mm 2700K 84W Warm White 80 827 83mm 580 lm 15000h B -
RS Stock No. 791-8327
Mfr. Part No.0035002
BrandSylvania
£2.91
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Stick 11 W E27 120 mm 2700K 48W - 80 827 42mm 560 lm 8000h A -
RS Stock No. 499-097
Mfr. Part No.008838
BrandOrbitec
£10.08
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- 15 W BC/B22 135 mm 2700K 75W - - - 65mm - 8000h A -
RS Stock No. 792-6750
Mfr. Part No.4008321986399
BrandOsram
£6.24
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Quad Tube 23 W E27 138 mm 4000K 107W Cool White 80 840 56mm 1520 lm 8000h A DULUX PRO
RS Stock No. 791-8337
Mfr. Part No.0035006
BrandSylvania
£3.22
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Stick 20 W E27 132.5 mm 2700K 85W - 80 827 48mm 1160 lm 8000h A -
RS Stock No. 212-2455
Mfr. Part No.92246
BrandGE
£38.68
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Genura 23 W ES/E27 130 mm 3000K 100W Warm White 82 830 - 1100 lm 15000h B -
RS Stock No. 792-6748
Mfr. Part No.4052899912564
BrandOsram
£4.82
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Quad Tube 11 W E27 96 mm 4000K 55W Cool White 80 840 - 660 lm 10000h A DULUX PRO
RS Stock No. 820-8801
Mfr. Part No.009316
BrandOrbitec
£6.51
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Oval 9 W B22d 100 mm 4000K 40W - - - 50mm - - A -
RS Stock No. 499-223
Mfr. Part No.008840
BrandOrbitec
£9.97
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Candle 11 W SES/E14 138 mm 2700K 60W - - - 42mm - 6000h A -
RS Stock No. 791-8330
Mfr. Part No.0035004
BrandSylvania
£3.12
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Stick 15 W E27 133 mm 2700K 64W - 80 827 42mm 810 lm 8000h A -
RS Stock No. 499-201
Mfr. Part No.009091
BrandOrbitec
£14.12
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Candle 9 W E14 135 mm 4000K 40W - - - 39mm - 6000h A -
RS Stock No. 791-8324
Mfr. Part No.0035001
BrandSylvania
£2.76
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Stick 9 W E14 110 mm 2700K 38W - 80 827 42mm 410 lm 8000h A -
RS Stock No. 499-217
Mfr. Part No.008889
BrandOrbitec
£14.69
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Candle 9 W SES/E14 135 mm 2700K 40W - - - 39mm - 6000h A -
RS Stock No. 499-148
Mfr. Part No.008849
BrandOrbitec
£11.31
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Candle 9 W E14 113 mm 2700K 40W - - - 42mm - 6000h A -
RS Stock No. 820-8808
Mfr. Part No.009314
BrandOrbitec
£6.51
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Oval 9 W B22d 100 mm 2700K 40W - - - 50mm - - A -
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