Fluorescent bulbs - what's your opinion?

Fluorescent bulb - Compact fluorescent bulb. Some people complain that fluorescent light is "harsh" or "cold" or some such nonsense. The fact is, as long as you have a modern flicker-free high frequency electronic ballast such as you find in almost every compact fluorescent bulb, the light from a fluorescent bulb is far more pleasant and nature than light from an incandescent bulb. Incandescent light is dingy and yellow in comparison. It makes white walls look dirty and faded, and it comes nowhere near approximating the color of daylight, which is the gold standard against which light is judged, because daylight is what we are evolved to like.
@stvasile (7316)
Romania
October 10, 2007 1:32pm CST
Hey, everybody! I just bought my first fluorescent bulbs today and I'm so proud of them. I can't wait to see if it makes a difference on the amount of energy I use. As far as I can tell, the light is pleasant, not disturbing as some say. I got two types of fluorescent bulbs, a "warm light" and a "cold light" one. The first emits a yellowish light, while the second a white light. I think it's a useful invention, that will help using less energy and therefore creating less polluting gases. What do you think about the fluorescent bulb?
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@lilybug (21145)
• United States
10 Oct 07
I have purchased those bulbs before. They cost a bit more but they last a lot longer and they lower your electricity bill. I think the ones I have used were cold light. The light was a white light.
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@stvasile (7316)
• Romania
10 Oct 07
Of what I've read before deciding to get this kind of bulbs, it uses four times less energy than the conventional incandescent bulb, and the higher price it's said to be recuperated during the first year of the bulb's estimated 6 years of life.
@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
17 Oct 07
I feel a bit ripped off. Consider...they last a third of the time as the ones we presently use and cost 3 times as much....not much incentive to buy or use them if you ask me.
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• Mexico
10 Oct 07
since if it saves but light and you spend less in payments ^^
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• India
1 May 12
This discussion is 5 years old, these bulbs were new those days, because of less energy consumption, they become so popular, moreover the light is cool, like day light and comfortable.. Professor
@goldeneagle (6774)
• United States
2 Feb 09
When we first moved into our new home about 2 1/2 years ago, I decided to make the investment needed to put those compact fluorescent bulbs throughout our entire house, so I don't have any electric bills for our house prior to installing those bulbs to compare to our current bills. However, I did the math, and from what I can tell, it takes about 1/3 less energy to light one of the fluorescent bulbs that it does to power one of the old incandescent bulbs. In other words, you can burn THREE of the fluorescent bulbs I have for about the same amount of electricity it would take to power ONE of the old standard light bulbs. Now, I am no genius, but even I can see how that would help lower your power bill. Those fluorescent bulbs also last longer than regular bulbs. In the 2 1/2 years we have lived here, we have not had to replace a SINGLE bulb, so not only do the fluorescent bulbs save us money on our electric bill, they also save us money due to the fact that we do not have to buy bulbs as often. I wish that everyone would replace just a couple of the standard bulbs in their homes and offices with the fluorescent bulbs. The benefits to our environment would be great. I have heard that standard bulbs will not be sold anymore in a few years. I actually hope this is the case. This means that everyone will have to switch to fluorescent bulbs. This cannot happen soon enough if you ask me.