This study assessed young consumers—college students’—knowledge of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) regarding sustainability, energy usage and their willingness to use it in their home. Lighting plays an important role in our day-to-day lives. In absence of daylight we depend on artificial light for visibility, comfort and safety. Incandescent light, which is the least efficient of all lamps, is typically used in homes around the world including the U.S. As energy and sustainability issues become critical, governments around the world have passed regulations to phase out the inefficient incandescent lamps in favor of more efficient light sources such as CFLs and Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs).
The urgency of energy conservation and sustainability is apparent globally and the shift from incandescent to CFLs is obvious. This study surveyed 168 college student’s knowledge about sustainability and energy efficiency regarding CFLs. Results indicate that the majority of the students identify sustainability with ‘preservations of natural resources’ and with ‘respect and responsibility to conserve the environment’. Eighty-two percent of them consider CFLs as an energy saving lamp along with long lamp life (53%). However, 65% of the students believe that CFL does not contain mercury and 77% of students dispose of them in the trash. When students were asked to select between incandescent and CFLs for their homes, the majority selected incandescent over CFLs for living and bedroom areas while CFLs were selected for utilitarian areas such as kitchen. The results suggest that even though the students are aware of the energy virtues of CFLs, they might not be convinced with the qualitative characteristics of CFLs to create the right ambiance or ‘mood’ in living/bedroom areas typically achieved from incandescent. Lack of consumer knowledge regarding aesthetic qualities of CFLs and lamp disposal in relation to sustainability are also discussed in this study.
|Keywords:||Sustainability, Compact Fluorescent Lamps, Energy, Energy Efficient light, Ban on Incandescent, Consumer Knowledge, Home Lighting, Residential Lighting|
Assistant Professor, Family and Consumer Sciences, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, USA
Account Manager, Rockford Business Interiors, Austin, Texas, USA
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