Yes, if it fits the socket and the light fitting, or lamp fixture, with its cover or shade.
You will not be able to dim the compact fluorescent as you did the incandescent (unless you have a really fancy dimmer).
A compact fluorescent lamp (CFL), also called compact fluorescent light, energy-saving light, and compact fluorescent tube, is a fluorescent lamp designed to replace an incandescent lamp; some types fit into light fixtures formerly used for incandescent lamps. The lamps use a tube which is curved or folded to fit into the space of an incandescent bulb, and a compact electronic ballast in the base of the lamp.
Perhaps you are asking about fluorescent lamp. This is an electrical device that uses a fluorescent bulb to give off light. The bulb is a recent invention designed to give energy savings in the residential area. The fluorescent bulb used to be used exclusively in industrial applications, but the new bulb is small and compact enough to be used in a home lamp.
An incandescent bulb differs from a fluorescent based on how it produces light. "Incandescent" means producing light through heat, this is essentially how an incandescent bulb lights. As current travels to the tungsten filament, the filament heats and lights up as the tungsten filament begins to deteriorate and eventually fail. Fluorescent bulbs produce light when current excites gasses inside the glass envelope. As the gasses get excited they emit photons. Interestingly, the light produced by a fluorescent bulb does not fall along the visible spectrum until it passes through the white, phosphor coating on the inside of the bulb. And there you have it.
Some electronic timers and photocells contain parts that are incompatible with compact fluorescent light bulbs; using these bulbs in incompatible products will result in a shorter light bulb life. To find out if an electronic timer or photocell is compatible with compact fluorescent bulbs, check with the manufacturer of the timer or photocell. See related links below from the GE website.
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