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Name: williamh
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Is it more efficient to leave fluorescent lights on or to turn them off for a short period of time?

It is always better to turn off any light if you do not need them. However, I think what you want to know is -- is it better to turn off a fluorescent light when leaving a room for only a short time? The answer is dependant upon several factors, but generally, for most household applications, it is better to leave the fluorescent lights on if they will be off for a period of 3 minutes or less. The surge current to start the lamp is higher than the maintaining current to keep the lamp running.


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