CFL Bulbs

CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) are energy-saving bulbs consisting of a fluorescent tube that has been made into a shape the same size as a traditional incandescent light bulb.

How does a CFL work?

CFL Bulbs contain gases that are given an electric current, generating UV light which then excites the gasses. 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, and are often used in decorative fixtures, especially slimmer designs that can't accommodate a globe or spiral bulb.
  • Globe bulbs are spherical shaped and are often used in vanity mirrors and bathroom pendants. They may take longer to reach full brightness but will become as bright as other CFLs.
  • Spiral bulbs have a fluorescent tube that is shaped into a spiral curve. This is the most common CFL bulb shape, producing the same amount of light as an incandescent bulb.
  • Stick or tube bulbs usually consist of multiple tubes which are straight. Like candle bulbs, they are commonly used in slimmer lighting fixtures.

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. For example, 5000K would be cool white lighting.

CFL Bases:

The base of the bulb depicts what fitting it pairs with. CFL lamps usually have a push and twist bayonet or Edison screw base, both of which are available in various sizes.

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, providing an easy comparison to the equivalent wattage.


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RS Stock No. 829-3483
BrandRS PRO
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U Tube 13 W - - - - - - - - - - - B
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Mfr. Part No.012056
BrandOsram
$14.723
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Quad Tube 18 W G24d-2 153 mm 4000K 100W Cool White 80 840 27mm 2 1200 lm 10000h B
RS Stock No. 702-5302
Mfr. Part No.9PLS8302PINB
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Twin Tube 9 W G23 167 mm 3000K 60W Warm White 82 830 28mm 1 600 lm 10000h A
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Mfr. Part No.42PLT8304PINTOP
$17.091
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Mfr. Part No.26PLT8304PINCS
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Six Tube 26 W GX24q-3 127 mm 3000K 150W Warm White 82 830 41mm 3 1800 lm 13000h B
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Mfr. Part No.18PLC8302PIN
$8.32
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2D 18 W G24d-2 150 mm 3000K 100W Warm White 82 830 27mm 2 1200 lm 10000h B
RS Stock No. 702-5378
Mfr. Part No.26PLT8404PINCS
$24.05
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Six Tube 26 W GX24q-3 127 mm 4000K 150W Cool White 82 840 41mm 3 1800 lm 13000h B
RS Stock No. 407-5610
Mfr. Part No.10PLC8402PIN
$7.64
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Quad Tube 10 W G24d-1 116 mm 4000K 60W Cool White 82 840 27mm 2 600 lm 10000h B
RS Stock No. 233-572
Mfr. Part No.F11BX/840
BrandGE
$5.106
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Twin Tube 11 W G23 237 mm 4000K 75W Cool White 82 840 27mm 1 900 lm 10000h A
RS Stock No. 792-6801
Mfr. Part No.4050300327211
BrandOsram
$8.57
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Quad Tube 18 W G24q-2 146 mm 3000K - Warm White 89 830 27mm 2 1200 lm 20000h A
RS Stock No. 206-8517
Mfr. Part No.4058075408265
BrandLEDVANCE
$32.86
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Quad Tube 18 W 2G10 215 mm 4000K - Cool White 80 840 17mm - 2500 lm 30000h -
RS Stock No. 702-5315
Mfr. Part No.10PLC8302PIN
$6.92
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2D 10 W G24d-1 116 mm 3000K 60W Warm White 82 830 27mm 2 600 lm 10000h B
RS Stock No. 407-5626
Mfr. Part No.13PLC8402PIN
$9.48
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Quad Tube 13 W G24d-1 138 mm 4000K 75W Cool White 82 840 27mm 2 900 lm 10000h A
RS Stock No. 792-6811
Mfr. Part No.4050300010731
BrandOsram
$12.37
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Quad Tube 18 W 2G11 217 mm 3000K - Warm White 89 830 18mm 2 1200 lm 20000h A
RS Stock No. 792-6805
Mfr. Part No.4050300327235
BrandOsram
$7.27
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Quad Tube 26 W G24q-3 165 mm 3000K - Warm White 89 830 27mm 2 1800 lm 20000h A
RS Stock No. 792-6788
Mfr. Part No.4050300425641
BrandOsram
$15.05
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Triple Tube 42 W GX24q 169 mm 3000K - Warm White 89 830 49mm 2 3200 lm 20000h A
RS Stock No. 463-5868
Mfr. Part No.DDE132
BrandOsram
$7.149
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Quad Tube 13 W G24q-1 131 mm 2700K 75W Extra Warm White 80 827 27mm 2 900 lm 10000h A
RS Stock No. 702-5356
Mfr. Part No.26PLT8402PINCS
$7.61
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Six Tube 26 W GX24d-3 134 mm 4000K 150W Cool White 82 840 41mm 3 1800 lm 10000h B
RS Stock No. 570-717
Mfr. Part No.13PLC8272PIN
$14.67
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2D 13 W G24d-1 138 mm 2700K 75W Warm White 82 827 27mm 2 900 lm 10000h A
RS Stock No. 570-739
Mfr. Part No.26PLC8272PIN
$15.23
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2D 26 W G24d-3 171 mm 2700K 150W Warm White 82 827 27mm 2 1800 lm 10000h B