Happy Birthday: The Modern CFL Light Bulb Turns 25


    
    Lighting pioneer OSRAM SYLVANIA celebrates an energy saving invention




    
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<p>DANVERS, Mass., <span class="xn-chron">April 14</span> /CNW/ -- OSRAM SYLVANIA is marking the 25th birthday of the modern compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulb. Born on <span class="xn-chron">April 17, 1985</span> in <span class="xn-location">Hannover</span>, <span class="xn-location">Germany</span>, the CFL arrived a full eight inches tall, consuming 20 watts of energy. The stick-shaped CFL was the first screw-in, energy-saving replacement for a standard incandescent light bulb that featured an integrated electronic ballast.</p>
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<p>"The CFL has only improved with age," said Alfred LaSpina, OSRAM SYLVANIA marketing manager for CFLs. "Today, the SYLVANIA Living Spaces(TM) CFL is half the size of our 1985 model, provides better light quality and lasts twice as long, while still delivering 75 percent energy savings."</p>
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<p>While the CFL currently enjoys broad popularity in <span class="xn-location">North America</span>, it was slow to gain acceptance in the late 1980s and 1990s, when energy prices were low.</p>
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<p>The lighting industry began tracking sales of integrated CFLs in the <span class="xn-location">United States</span> in 1997, when just 13.3 million units were sold, compared to 2.8 billion incandescent bulbs.</p>
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<p>When energy costs began to rise in the early 2000s, so did the CFL's popularity with businesses and homeowners. Integrated CFL sales in the <span class="xn-location">United States</span> increased from 57 million bulbs in 2001 to over 273 million in 2009. In <span class="xn-location">Canada</span>, the number of CFLs sold went from just under 1 million pieces in 2001 to a high of over 46 million pieces in 2007.  The 2009 SYLVANIA Socket Survey found more than 70 percent of American households now have at least one CFL.</p>
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<p>"Developing the first CFL with an integrated electronic ballast was a phenomenal experience," recalls <span class="xn-person">Alfred Wacker</span>, one of the bulb's inventors.  "Being able to save up to 75 percent of the energy of a standard bulb was a revolution in lighting."</p>
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<p>The first CFL light bulbs required heavy magnetic ballasts to operate or only worked in specialized fixtures. Engineers at the German lighting company OSRAM created the modern CFL by miniaturizing electronic ballast technology and integrating it into the light bulb itself. OSRAM produces SYLVANIA brand light bulbs in <span class="xn-location">North America</span> and introduced the modern CFL to the <span class="xn-location">United States</span> and <span class="xn-location">Canada</span>.</p>
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<p>Dozens of types of SYLVANIA CFLs are available in <span class="xn-location">North America</span> today, with features including instant start technology, integrated dimmers, night light settings and various shapes and sizes.</p>
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    Modern CFL Technical Specifications




    
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                               1985                         2010
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    Average life span    6,000 hours              12,000 hours
    Size                 8.1 inches tall          3.8 inches tall
    Wattage              7 - 11 - 15 - 20 W       5-10-13-20-23-26 W
    Shape                Stick shape              Twist shape
    Color temperature    Warm white               Warm white, Bright white,
                                                   Daylight
    Mercury              10 - 15 mg               <1.5 mg
    Price                $50                      $4.99


    For more CFL birthday facts, visit www.sylvania.com/CFLBirthday.

    Live Twitter Chat with "The Two Alfreds"

    
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<p>Modern CFL inventor <span class="xn-person">Alfred Wacker</span> and SYLVANIA CFL expert Alfred LaSpina will host a live Twitter chat @SYLVANIA on <span class="xn-chron">Thursday April 15</span>, 12:00 noon - <span class="xn-chron">12:15 p.m. ET</span>. The duo will answer questions about the history of the modern CFL and today's CFL lighting solutions.</p>
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<p>Questions are currently being solicited for the chat. Send an @ reply on Twitter to @SYLVANIA to ask a CFL-related question. The chat can be followed on Twitter using the hashtag #CFLBDay.</p>
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    About OSRAM SYLVANIA
    
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<p>OSRAM SYLVANIA is a leader in lighting solutions that feature innovative design and energy saving technology. The company sells products for homes, businesses and vehicles primarily under the SYLVANIA brand name, and also under the OSRAM brand. Headquartered in Danvers, Mass., OSRAM SYLVANIA is the North American operation of OSRAM GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens AG. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.sylvania.com">www.sylvania.com</a> or follow SYLVANIA on Facebook and Twitter.</p>
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For further information: For further information: Stephanie J. Anderson, +1-978-239-3121, stephanie.anderson@sylvania.com Web Site: http://www.sylvania.com

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