The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

25 April 2007

CFL scoreboard

I made some noises last spring about trying out compact-fluorescent bulbs, and in the interim I've installed six of them: two in the bedroom (one in each lamp), two in the kitchen (over the sink), and two in the garage. I don't know how well they perform under really adverse conditions, such as below-freezing conditions, since this isn't, God willing, going to happen in the house, and the garage has never gotten below about 34 degrees no matter how cold it was outside, but there have been no failures so far, and as I noted in February, after mounting the last pair, my primary motivation is "the desire to avoid changing bulbs so damned often." Since lifespan is not always consistent on these things, at least not yet, I figure I'm either not working them too hard or I'm having better luck than some folks.

Posted at 4:49 PM to Family Joules , Surlywood

We've installed them in our front porch light, and so far they've done well. Takes them a little while to get up to full brightness when it's cold, but that's not a big deal to us.

Posted by: rita at 6:39 PM on 25 April 2007

My gripes are:
* They won't fit in some tight fixtures
* They don't come in the candle size (tiny tiny base)
* They HOWL when you put them on a dimmer switch
* The warm-up time can be a little frustrating

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 9:12 PM on 25 April 2007

I think the manufacturers are still improving them. I didn't think any of them were good enough quality light to read by until we tried the Sylvania Daylight Extra. Looking up the name of it I found a May 2007 (!) Popular Mechanics article where they rate different kinds:
Some other ones we have tried are really dim, or else like klieg lights, but acceptable for some uses.

Posted by: Carol at 8:04 AM on 26 April 2007

* They don't come in the candle size (tiny tiny base)

My wife uses the front room -- which the builders designated as the dining room -- as her home office. It therefore has a chandelier as its ceiling-mounted light fixture, and the candle-flame-style bulbs go into those small sockets.

Chris wants CLFs for the fixture but we'd have to take down the chandelier to do it -- and she worries that having a more conventional fixture in place might hurt if we tried to sell (considering we both would like to move from this immediate area, if not from the South altogether, that's less theoretical than it sounds).

Posted by: McGehee at 1:59 PM on 26 April 2007

I've had better success with the standard GE compact fluorescent bulbs than the fancier GE ones designed for ceiling fans. The fancier ones actually look like incandescent bulbs, but they are incredibly dim when first powered on. It's worth having the curly appearance in my ceiling fan fixture, as the standard bulbs are much brighter when first powered on.

Posted by: Scooby214 at 5:51 PM on 26 April 2007