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Old 01-18-2009, 09:06 PM   #1
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fluorescent bulbs, worth it?

Are they, they're kinda expensive


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Old 01-18-2009, 09:14 PM   #2
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Consider it this way, same amount of light using 1/4 of the energy and less freqeunt need to change bulbs too.

Around me you can get them for around $1 or slightly more. The power companies are changing me $3 a month so they can rebate the costs of the bulbs.


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At HD they had 4 paks for $3.82 with an instant rebate of $4
Well worth it at that price

I have a very large Christmas display with those plastic lawn decorations - Santa - sleigh + 9 reindeer, snowmen, elves etc
I have hundreds of these
By switching to CFL bulbs i was saving 8,000 watts an HOUR off my use

My bathroom light is rated for a 100w bulb
But with a 100w bulb the heat sensor kicks in (summer) & the light goes off. With a 23w CFL bulb it has never happened. In the summer the CFL puts out a LOT less heat, so less AC needed
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Old 01-19-2009, 11:08 AM   #4
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Pretty soon you will not be able to buy regular bulbs from what I am hearing. While I do not agree with government telling me what type of bulb to use, I have found CFL's to be excellent. Try some out. They take a minute or so to get to full brightness. Easy transition.
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Old 01-19-2009, 11:10 AM   #5
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I use CFL's all over the house except above the kitchen sink, on the unheated front porch, and in the garage. In those locations the lamps take to long to come up to full light output due to the cold temperatures.

They do save money and last longer than standard bulbs.
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