Compact Flourescent Lightbulbs

I’m continuing to make the house a little bit more energy efficient, bit by bit. This weekend’s project was to replace the 8 60 watt incandescent bulbs in two of the ceiling fans with the compact flourescent bulbs. The problem was that both of them had dimmer switches on the light circuits and compact flourescents don’t play well with dimmers. So I picked up a couple regular switches and replaced the dimmers. In the process of swapping them out I found something that kind of bothers me. The house wiring is 12ga. copper but the wires connecting that to the dimmers is 16ga. aluminum. Needless to say they’re gone and won’t be coming back. The new bulbs are in place and the energy consumption of those two lighting fixtures is now about 25% of what it was. That’s nice since both of them are on quite a bit in the evenings.