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Green Businesses

Choosing the Right Light: Going Green

It’s the dull cast of shadows, a tedious flicker: an incandescent light waits above you, offering weak wattage, forcing you to squint in the darkness of your cubicle. You’ve complained of this treatment before, demanded that your manager replace the offensive bulb. He refused, however — citing price deductions and energy costs. No alternatives existed, you were told.

You were misinformed.

Incandescent light too often defines offices: offering yellow-tinged shimmers and low results. These also carve out hefty utility bills, generating thousands of dollars each year with their ineffective conductivity. They simply don’t work.

Their counterparts, however, do — with compact fluorescent lighting (typically named CFL) offering better brightness, stronger savings and an environmental philosophy.

These items are efficient. A single 14-watt bulb offers more distinct lighting than an average 60-watt incandescent item, as well as requiring less energy. Their design ensures that they redirect electricity effectively, often reducing output by 13 percent. This allows utility bills to lessen — with $40.00 saved on average per year — and also decreases the need for power.

Such effects impact the entire office, offering greater functionality without demanding dollars. And CFL bulbs boast lifespans that are 13 times longer than traditional incandescent lighting. This offers less waste and reduces mercury levels (as all lights have forms of that chemical in them).

The advantages of the CFL option can’t be denied. They allow businesses to embrace conservation while also encouraging productivity — enabling cubicles to seem less like caves and more like welcoming environments.