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



Jan 1, 1970
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.


Vaughn Simon

Jan 1, 1970
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.


sylvan butler

Jan 1, 1970
Praps you do get what you pay for...?

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.