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Since we have a thread about CFLs.... reliability

Discussion in 'Home Power and Microgeneration' started by Eeyore, Jul 26, 2007.

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  1. Eeyore

    Eeyore Guest

    I've been using CFLs for maybe 20 years now. Originally they were very expensive
    (up to £15) and I only had a few in locations that were illuminated the most.

    Of course the price dropped over the years and 'green discounted' CFLs (Philips
    brand too !) can be bought at the local supermarket for a mere 39 pence (75
    cents US) right now. I only have 2 incandescents left.

    I'm pleased to say I have had ZERO early failures. The more expensive ones did
    tend to last rather longer for sure though. Various brands and models have had
    lifetime ratings of 6000 through to 15,000 hours and I have no reason to doubt
    those figures.

  2. JERD

    JERD Guest

    Sure not my experience.

  3. Eeyore

    Eeyore Guest

    Almost all of mine have been Philips or Osram.

  4. Vaughn Simon

    Vaughn Simon Guest

    On average in my home, I might lose one CFL a year. Before, I was changing
    at least one incandescent per month. I suspect that the electronics in CFLs may
    be more sensitive to surges than incandescents. That may explain the bad luck
    that some seem to have with CFLs.

    The two 12 volt CFLs that I use for outside lighting are (I believe) about 6
    years old now with no failures.

  5. Yes, but often what you pay for is a name. I have had the best lifetime
    and overall much higher satisfaction with cheap "commercial electric"
    and "Feit" CFLs. All of the GE and Philips and a couple of other
    expensive brands, and Lights of America all had a very short life. I've
    recently installed some of the Home Depot N*Vision (I think they are
    "commericial electric") and so far so good, but it is still too soon to
    be sure.

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