Some great real world lessons here. They are in short, you can't use them in a can, with a dimmer or where you are turning them on and off alot. (That's a lot of limitations), but they do save 4x in power. Check out "1000Bulbs.com":http://100bulbs.com and stay about from the $1-2/bulb ones. You have to pay quite a bit more to get quality.
144. RE: The Best Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs: PM Lab Test
It's me ben again on those Service brand full spectrum spirals. These are an industrial product and not sold in stores but are available in eastern Canada thru a company in Nova Scotia called "20/20 Electric in Sydney Cape Briton Island but are made in the US. Ben
143. RE: The Best Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs: PM Lab Test
I bought INDUSTRIAL spiral mini light bulbs in 9, 14,16Watt Floods, 19 watt Floods & 23 watts replacing my 40,60& 100 watt inc. bulbs. The brand is "Service Long Life" and my house has 57 bulbs. I have 6 in the basement and 8 outside that I never shut off and the rest are all thru the house. In 8 yrs I have changed 4 of the ones that are never turned off and 1 in the house. I have never had one smoke and the light bill just disappeared. At present time I use a 23watt in the kitchen and one in the wife's bathroom. 2 16watt floods and 2 19watt floods & 4 14watt outdoors and all the rest are 9 watt. These are Full Spectrum which gives noon day light and is VERY easy on the eyes and easy to be in all the time. 100% no glare. My wife suffers from SAD and finds these lamps help her a lot in the winter time with the long dark days. They cost me $16.95 each and are well worth it.The power co. here sent us 8 GE's free and so I put one in and then thru them in the garbage.When you buy cheap you get CHEAP. Ben
Full Spectrum Solutions "BlueMax" CFLs? They have far superior Kelvin ratings and color rendition, electronic ballasts to prevent flicker, and a binding agent to reduce mercury danger. And they even offer a "soft" bulb for "warmer" colors, without sacrificing brightness or the other features, and dimmable bulbs and fixtures.
Use them in fixtures that you keep on for a couple of hours at a time, like in a living room. Fixtures that allow air flow are better too. A CFL's lifespan can be shortened when you put them in a fixture that's totally enclosed. Above all else, do NOT use them in dimmers unless the package says you can
Auto Cell electronic, brand bulbs have a dual phosphorus coating that allows them to last much longer. I really recommend people who are in the market for High quality CFL, to check out this company. The prices are great, the only catch is the minimum order is a case of 40 bulbs. Autocell.ne
VERY BEST CFL on the market sold by Maintenance Engineering. Theirs are absolutely guaranteed for 2 years and produce a nice sunlight color
Don't use them in places where you turn the light on and off a lot. They do burn out quickly that way. Wait for the LED type to use in those places.
I get my CFLs at 1000Bulbs.com. They take out a lot of the guesswork by offering quality bulbs at low, low prices.