Where you can’t use CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Bulbs)

Last updated on March 10th, 2024 at 03:27 pm

Once you use CFL’s – you’ll be hooked. They look almost the same as normal bulbs (if you get the right ones) and use 75% less energy.

They they have their limitations that you should be aware of. That said, there are some place you should never place CFL’s.

  1. Rooms that have high humidity where the fixtures aren’t enclosed or protected. Bathrooms are the best example of this, though some may be alright. CFL’s do not do well in these areas and can short out.
  2. With dimmers. CFL’s can not be dimmed like typical incandescent bulbs. If you try to dim them, you will damage both the bulb and possibly your wiring. There are some CFL’s that can be dimmed, but they are much more expensive.
  3. In appliances, such as microwaves, ovens, refrigerators, etc.

What about in range hoods?

CFL’s should work fine in range hoods. They still exposed to more heat, but not enough to do damage to the bulb.

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