Have you worn out a CFL Yet?!

Omagh, Northern Ireland
July 17, 2008 8:41pm CST
Hi- I have a bunch of these Low Energy Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL's) in my House...Do You have them? Do You like them? Have you Ever had one quit on you? Share!
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• United States
19 Jul 08
I don't have any but am thinking that it would be a good way to save money and reduce the electric bill. My momma has them and says that she saved a good $20 on her bill but just using these bulbs and now she won't buy anything but these bulbs. She started using them a year ago and has yet to replace one. The only bulbs she replaces is the regular bulbs. She couldn't afford to replace each and everyone but as one regular bulb goes out she replaces it with one of the CFLs.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
19 Jul 08
Thanks for the response! I read recently there were plans to gradually stop making the higher wattage regular incandescent bulbs,the 150 0r 100 Watt ones,as they're the most wasteful..the ones I have at home are maybe 9 or 11 watt,so you can see you could light up a house with CFL's for about the same amount of electricity as ONE Hundred watter!
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
15 Jan 11
Sounds as though this cutting back exercise is going forward..I was reading recently of an imported consignment of high energy bulbs that got impounded as they exceeded new energy saving limits... On the other hand,having at least ONE "Heat" bulb in the home could be useful..We've had subzero weather conditions this past couple of winters,and I discovered the heat from a regular bulb could make the difference whether your attic water tank would freeze or not..
@roshand8 (1481)
• Sri Lanka
18 Jul 08
hi shepherdspy,all of my bulbs are CFL and it saves 80 percent of energy.I am trying to go green,but we still have to be carefull when disposing of CFL's because of the mercury,for me disposing a CFL bulb is a one big problem
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• Omagh, Northern Ireland
18 Jul 08
Thanks for the response! I was just wondering about the lifespan of these bulbs,as I brought a few with Me when I moved house,I've changed to all CFL in the house since moving in,I've been here 10 years,and I haven't had a failure yet! There's a small supplies cupboard at work that had 1 bulbholder to light it,and it seemed every week or so the bulb had popped..I got a small CFL for it,and it's been going strong since November last! That is about the only disadvantage with them,that they contain mercury,and need to be disposed of carefully..
@roshand8 (1481)
• Sri Lanka
18 Jul 08
That's true..
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
15 Jan 11
The little bulb at work quit a few months back,but that must have been near 2 Years of long term usage we got out of it..the way the filament bulbs were going in that location,assuming we went through 1 a month (not too pessimistic an estimate) that's 24 bulbs it saved..worth it...
@peavey (16866)
• United States
18 Jul 08
I've been slowly replacing my light bulbs with them - never had any burn out yet. They're kind of expensive to buy, but if they last as long as they say they will, it will be worth it.
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• Omagh, Northern Ireland
18 Jul 08
The local Electricity Supply company,NIE, was offering discounts on them at one point,some businesses give them away free as a promotional exercise,and the Last one I bought cost I thing £2.99 (about $6...)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
20 Jul 08
Here's an offer I found for 2 of these bulbs for Free..I think it's UK only,and you need to be receiving some form of benefits that they list to qualify,so if You know someone... http://www.lightbulbs4free.com/GRLightbulb/lightbulb/landing.xhtml
• India
27 Sep 08
I have changed all my house lights to CFL, but my wife and daughters are not happy. They feel that CFLs are not as bright enough and they find it difficult to read ina CFL light. They feel that CFLs donot give the same quality light as a tube light. I have not worn out a CFL as yet, but Ihave had many fused CFLs. I wonder if they are maintaining proper quality control.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
6 Oct 08
I don't have one of the boxes on hand for the details,but the manufacturers claim the CFL has many times the brightness of the equivalent incandescent bulb..something like a 11W CFL equals the output of a 100W Incandescent..I find the one in my living room plenty bright for reading,(Ceiling fixture),but use a lower rated one in a freestanding uplighter for regular use..I can read in about any light available!
@pergammano (7755)
• Canada
22 Jul 08
Well, I took the leap of faith, as my standard bulbs burnt I replaced them with CFL's....but they were burning out twice as fast as my standard bulbs/and costing three times as much to purchase! BCMike, thankfully, answered the question as to why they were burning out so fast...If you live in an area where the power source fluctuates, the CFL's burn out FAST, talking 3 to 4 days! Standard bulbs, once a year or every two years! Obviously, I live in an area where it is going to be extremely expensive, when in the 2010 year, the standard bulbs will no longer be available. I do not know what to do. Cheers!
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
22 Jul 08
That's Nasty! One of their disadvantages is,as they're fluorescent,you can't use them with a Dimmer Switch,which is basically what a fluctuating power supply will recreate...You have no option to change supplier,or is a voltage stabiliser system available to improve things?
@snowy22315 (52782)
• United States
18 Jul 08
I like them because it makes me feel liek I am doing somehting to help with the climate crisis. They also are not as hot, and I think I'm hleping my electric bill. I dont really like the way they look,but I will live with it. I think that I will eventually wear one out.
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• Omagh, Northern Ireland
18 Jul 08
Thanks for the comment! I was wondering how long one of them lasted,as I've had some of them over 10 years now,and they're still going!You may have a long time to wait!
@dorypanda (1584)
23 Jul 08
Yes, I have, I think I've had to replace them every 5 years or so, not bad considering I used to have to place the ordinary bulbs at least every 2 years. I definately recommend them. I like that they come on slowly too, that way we've got time for our eyes to adjust to the light.
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• United States
19 Jul 08
About 7 or 8 years ago I entered a contest that gave two of these CFL bulbs away. I won and got them. At the time they were being sold for about $13 each. We put them up on the porch and one in the garage and found out that they dont handle cold very well. They are still burning good though. In the winter they take a minute to light up but that isnt much of a hassle. I just bought enough to do the reat of my house. 13 CFL bulbs for $13. The price has come a long way.
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• United States
19 Jul 08
We've been switching over to the CFL's as our regular bulbs burn out. The only CFL that has burnt out was the one in our porch light. It was in there for about two years and we had it on each night for about 8 hours so that's about 6,000 hours, which is pretty good. I think it would have lasted longer indoors without the temperature changes. As for disposal, I read that now all Home Depots in the US and Canada will take the bulbs back for recycling at the service desk.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
19 Jul 08
Thanks for the response! I didn't realise temperature changes would have an effect on these bulbs..all mine are interior lighting..Funnily enough,the ONLY incandescent bulb I've yet to replace is the one outside above my back door in the Light housing-I've never had to change that one since moving here! I don't know if Home Depot operate in the UK,but I'm sure other places would pick up that ball too..