How to Choose a CFL Or G12 Candelabra Base Bulb

A CFL bulb is a bulb that uses very little energy and gives off a softer light. They also contain mercury and can take some time to warm up to their full brightness. A typical CFL bulb is shaped like a spiral and is used for decorative purposes. You can find these in many fixtures, including candelabra base fixtures.

Another popular type of bulb is the G12 globe. These are usually used in decorative light fixtures and on light strings. They have a candelabra base and are about 1.375 inches in diameter. They are 25 watts and operate at 120 volts. Their rated life is 1,500 hours.