CFL bulbs

I just replaced a CFL bulb, again, for my mother. I noticed, when opening the package, that GE claims it “lasts 8 years!”. The one I was replacing was maybe four months old.  As Ma pointed out, GE’s claim (no warranty on these things, of course) is valid only if you don’t actually use it. What a hoax Congress has foisted on us.

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  1. Peg

    Perhaps I will make my fortune cornering the market on the old fogie bulbs. God knows what you’ll be able to sell ‘em for in a few years!

    Unless, of course, they end up imprisoning those who hoard them….. I would not be surprised.

  2. Phil Grimm

    So what did you do with the hazardous waste?

    I hope you mailed it to a congressman that voted for the law doing away with incandescents.

  3. Anonymous

    nothing short of armed insurection is going to change anything

  4. fred in the desert.

    lmao. you got GE lightbulb ads ….at end of page google ads. Whose the schmuck?

  5. peeps

    I feel the same. I’m an environmentalist, but I’m irritated that they are so expensive and I’ve found myself having to replace them when it shouldn’t be burning out so soon. And then there’s the discarding issue.

  6. Cos Cobber

    My CFL bulbs have last anywhere from 4 months to 2.5 years. I dont think I have been using CFL bulbs for more than 2.5 years.

    I’d say about 1/2 of mine have failed before they were 2 years old. I havent tried to return them for a refund. Not sure if they would honor it.

    They need to make a CFL bulb that can last longer in a recessed light (they advise you not to use them in recessed light, it shortens their lives …and it does, i have experienced it) and they need to make one that is dimmable.

  7. Inagua

    Have you ever noticed that the only way Liberals can get us to use their preferred products is through mandates? — CFL light bulbs, ethanol, plastic car bumpers, etc. I suppose we are lucky that they haven’t yet gone the full European route and forced us into mini-cars with $10 a gallon gas.

    My favorite mandate is bike helmets for kids, which has basically ended bike riding to school in Santa Barbara, and I presume other places as well.

  8. peeps

    Inagua – The seat belt laws bug me. I naturally want to strap in when I get on the highway, but to get tickets for driving from my house to a coffee shop less than a mile away drives me nuts. It’s pure fundraising.

    And one day a few months ago, a Harrison cop crossed two lanes over to pull me over to try to write a ticket for no-seatbelt. (It was on me, but pulled under my arm.) He drove dangerously to do it and scared the hell out of me, all supposedly in the name of safety. When I told him that I thought he drove too dangerously to try to ticket me for something that’s supposedly to keep me safe he replied, “When we are in pursuit, we are allowed to change multiple lanes.” I figure that they must mean in pursuit of a real criminal, and maybe they need to retrain the cops to consider safety more than fundraising.

  9. db

    Buy your bulbs at Costco. A dollar or less each and you can find dimmables on the cheap also.

    We leave a bunch of lights in the house on constantly, and get a year or two before needing to replace due to them dimming. Considering the number of hours and energy costs saved, I’m a fan.

    Once LED bulbs move in, CFLs will be a thing of the past anyway. If you are defending standard filament bulbs, you might as well start defending the abacus also.

  10. fred in the desert

    The times they arrre a chhhhanginngg.

  11. anony-moose

    Annoying twerps have tried to market CFLs as being ideal replacements for every fixture in the house – that’s hogwash. Our house uses mostly CFLs, but I avoid putting them in certain places. And they do put out a less broad spectrum of color than an incandescent – I don’t mind this for typical use but there are some people who need full spectrum light, at least some of the time.

    As mentioned above, the ‘standard’ CFLs don’t last long in enclosed fixtures. They can also wear out quickly if used in light sockets that get turned on and off frequently, like hallway and closet lights. They do excel for lights that are on for long periods of time without being flicked on and off every few minutes, though.

    LEDs should be better for the enclosed and short on/off applications, as they get cheaper and more refined.