The Irish government, UK government and European Commission have recently passed a ban on the sale of all incandescent/GLS lamps above 1 OOW. This commenced in September 2009, with smaller wattages to be phased out by 2012. This paper sets out to investigate if compact f luorescent lamps (CFLs) are an adequate, su itable and appropriate replacement for GLS lamps in domestic environments. An overview of CFL performance is undertaken, initially t hrough a literature review and then through laboratory measurements. The findings of this are insightful for all readers using CFLs in their homes. In-depth research was carried out to examine CFLs, power factor, harmonic distortion and their likely effects on the national grid. The possible risk of an overloaded three-phase neutral conductor are also evaluated, which provides useful information for electrical services design engineers.
Duff, James Thomas
"An Examination Into the Use of Compact Fluorescent Lamps in the Domestic Environment,"
Journal of Sustainable Engineering Design:
1, Article 7.
Available at: http://arrow.dit.ie/sdar/vol1/iss1/7