Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) have been around since the 1970s. Their arrival on the scene was expected to dramatically reduce the use of incandescent light bulbs in quick order. Instead, CFLs were slow to catch on, and still haven't been embrace by a large portion of the population. That's true even though the U.S. government mandated a gradual phase-out of manufacturing of most incandescent bulbs to be complete by the end of 2013. One problem for consumers is their general distaste for CFLs in products from companies such as Artcraft Lighting. The bulbs have a spiral shape that doesn't look very appealing in chandeliers and other elegant fixtures.
Consumers can still enhance their Artcraft Lighting products with incandescent lights of low wattage and decorative bulbs. A newer form of incandescent bulb known as the halogen lamp is also available in round or oblong curved shapes that look lovely in ceiling lighting and fixtures that are situated above or near dining areas. Frosted and colored bulbs can be placed in these various fixtures as well.
Some incandescent bulbs are made to look like antiques. Others are more suitable for modern lighting. Outdoor lights from a company such as Artcraft Lighting might be decorative ones around a patio or deck, or lights in a classic or vintage design that are installed on a house near the entryway.
Another problem with CFLs involves the materials used. Many people are uncomfortable with having mercury in their light bulbs; what if one breaks? Cleaning up this broken bulb can be a hazardous situation. The bulbs also contain strontium, another metal that's considered toxic, although not as worrisome as mercury.
In contrast, the interior of incandescent bulbs that can be used in Artcraft Lighting products contains only two items: tungsten filaments and argon. Argon is a very common and harmless gas that window manufacturers install between double-pane glass for extra energy efficiency. Tungsten is an interesting element because it only occurs in nature in combination with other elements, such as calcium or iron manganese. A filament is simply a piece of wire that produces light after becoming heated.
These features make incandescent bulbs safer and more desirable for certain lighting applications.