Your experiences with CFLs and other efficient light bulbs:
Basically, people claim that CFLs stink at being light bulbs. The complaints vary somewhat, but among those I've heard:
- "Cold," bluish, unnatural-looking light.
- Flickering, headache-inducing bulbs.
- Slow startups.
- Less light than advertised.
Now, the first one sounds like something someone who hasn't actually used a florescent bulb in years would say, since there are now plenty of "warm" bulbs that give off incandescent-like light, and I've never personally experienced the second one.
On the other hand, I've had a bit of trouble with the last two. The weird thing is this: my family has replaced somewhere around 1/3 of the bulbs in our house with CFLs. In almost every case, the CFL has worked great, with no obvious difference between it and the old incandescent bulb. On the other hand, there are two lights that seem to have slow startup and low-light problems: the outdoor front-door and back-door lights. It's very weird.
If anyone else wants to share their experiences (good and bad) with CFLs, or other efficient bulbs like the LED and halogen bulbs I mentioned above, this is the place to do it. This is not the "complain about/defend the Department of Energy's new light bulb rules" thread, despite my mention about it earlier; this is only about sharing your experiences with efficient bulbs.
edited 23rd May '11 11:00:52 AM by blueharp
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