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Energy saving lightbulbs

January 3rd, 2008 at 11:25 pm

I've only got a few in the house, definitely all the lights that are on the most often, but I haven't done the ones that are used very infrequently. I guess I should watch for good sales. I wonder what the story is on duty cycles, i.e. which can take more off-on-off transitions?

Here's a good reference on that - they don't like short cycles.
http://biz.yahoo.com/usnews/071219/19_faq_the_end_of_the_lig...

And a general reference:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compact_fluorescent_lamp

8 Responses to “Energy saving lightbulbs”

  1. mom-from-missouri Says:

    About 80-90% of our house is on these now. Some lights I can't change, as the bulbs won't fit them--such as the bankers light on my desk, and a couple of hallogen ceiling fans with lights.

    We noticed a big savings on our electric bill.

    A good source is the electric company. Ours gives them out at their annual meetings as part of the welcome package, and they sell them about $1 cheaper than at Lowes.

  2. dickyvman Says:

    I switched our entire house over to these and over the past year all my electric bills have been lower!! Aweseom savings.

  3. Broken Arrow Says:

    Hmm. Well, I only have the most-often used lights swapped out right now. I have a lot of regular bulbs as well, and I just don't want to replace them until they're burned out. So, I'm sort of half-and-half right now.

  4. disneysteve Says:

    We only have a couple in the kitchen and one in the basement. I've posted before how I've got a stock of regular bulbs and hate to just ditch them to switch to CFLs. Seems like a waste, though I guess it would save me money in the long run. I'll have to pick a few lamps to replace and get CFL bulbs for them.

  5. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    We have had all CFLs for years now. When we first started using them they were about eight inches long, $26 each, had a very noticeable warm up period and their light was melon orange. I think that was 15+ years ago. Back then, we generally mixed them with incandescents to get a better color light. Oh, they tended to make noise, too. Whoowee, have they come a long way!

    Now we have no incandescents and the color is so much better these days. We like the white-blue high Kelvin colors, though we've been told that our living room is lit like a doctor's office. Oh, the living room bulbs are decorative round CFLs, fitting the overhead lighting just like the original decorative incandescents. I'm on my second set of those. In fact those in the LR now were a Christmas present from my son a year ago. He looked all over town for the right shape, intensity, and light color, but finally ordered on the internet.

    Only once in a while do we get a bulb that hums, buzzes, or whistles. I think it is a quality matter among brands. We tend to not turn lights on and off a lot so we aren't wearing the "starter" or whatever happens to shorten the life of CFLs with lots of switching. But that is just the way we already used lights.

    I do have a bevy of bulbs in the bottom of my recycling bin waiting for me to find a place to dispose of them. Maybe I could drop them off at the mayor's office? ;0

  6. Caoineag Says:

    We have been totally switched over for at least 5 years now. We actually switched because we hate changing the bulbs. In fact, we still have our original cfl's in use...hmmm..wonder when they will finally give out.

  7. huffydeb2003 Says:

    I've noticed that the energy saving bulbs that I've been using burn out a lot quicker than the regular bulbs. I'm changing them more frequently than the non-energy saving bulbs.

  8. marla zoch Says:

    Can someone help me out? I bought some energy saving bulbs at Wal-mart made by GE. When I installed them in the lights I noticed a rather distinct annoying hum. Are there any bulbs out there that make no noise. I don't want to have to try all the ones on the market to find one that works without the humming. Thanks if you can help.

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