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2 new CFL bulbs today

January 10th, 2008 at 03:34 pm

We have 2 light fixtures at our front door, 1 on either side. 1 bulb burned out a month or so ago and the other died this week, so it was time to replace them. I've tried various bulbs in those fixtures and found the Phillips Halogen bulbs seemed to last the longest. I went over to Home Depot today to buy a pair of those. After I found them, I looked at the CFLs to see how they compared. For the same price, I was able to get 2 CFLs instead. The Phillips bulbs are rated for 2 years of life at 4 hours/day. The CFLs are rated for 9 years of life at 3 hours/day. So assuming those estimates are accurate, the CFLs should last more than 3 times as long and use far less electricity. All for the exact same cost as the traditional bulbs. Sounds good to me.

5 Responses to “2 new CFL bulbs today”

  1. mom-from-missouri Says:

    Did you read your packaging? On the ones I buy, I look for the ones that are guarenteed. I have a file in the file cabinet that has the packaging folded up, with the receipt stapled to it. On it, I write what fixture its in. Twice I have gotten brand new bulbs because they burned out too soon. Savings of around $7 each. If they aren't guarenteed, I don't buy them. I also have learned sometimes I can buy them cheaper at our electric company.

  2. Caoineag Says:

    I don't know about the guarantee, but mine are all 5 years old (been through 3 moves as well) and going strong so you should have awhile before replacing them.

  3. sagegirl Says:

    Mom--that is a great idea with the packaging and receipts--I need to do that. We are in the process of replacing all ours with CFL.

  4. M E Says:



    I wouldn't care if my CFL bulbs only lasted one year.
    (they do and have lasted longer than that) Before changing over to CFL bulbs, I was burning thru the "regular" lightbulbs like crazy. And while I could routinely get them on sale for $2, (or less) it is much cheaper in the long run to buy the CFL bulbs even though the initial outlay may be (only) a tad more.

  5. disneysteve Says:

    I'm really not concerned about the guarantee. The 9-year thing is based on 3 hours/day and those lights are typically on from 5pm-7am in the winter and about 9pm-7am in the summer, plus we leave them on 24/7 if we go on vacation, so I certainly don't expect them to last anywhere near 9 years. One or two years will be plenty for me.

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