Over the last few monts Ive switched all the light bulbs in my house to these Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs. starting with the always used lights and ending with the oh wow we have a light thee ones. Also switched out an older refrigerator and dryer to more energy efficent...I got the light bill today and it was one of the lowest I ever had ($153) and according to FPL its $50 less than this time last year....We always plan on a $225 light bill since teenagers keep tvs and lights on....and my 1 daughter seems to wash/dry her cloths 1 item at a time...or at least it seems like it We also leave a light on at night for the dogs (ok so I got a wimpy rotwiler)... My guess was according to the chart on the back I should save about $31 a month based on replaceing 16 bulbs (cost $55 to do this).
Any way any one else try these Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs???? How did they work out for you?
I have tried some of the fluorescent bulbs that are replacements for regular Incandesant bulbs. The main thing I found, was that until I could find some equivalent to 100 watts, they had been equivalent to 25 watt bulbs (to me), and the 100 watt equivalent is somewhere around the brightness of a 60 watt bulb. Some fixtures I have, do not have enough space in them for the size of the fluorescent bulbs.
It takes 2 100 watt equivalents to make enough light for me to be happy (so I can see well), like the light from a regular 100 watt bulb. Just like the long life bulbs, it takes 3 of their 100 watt bulbs to make light comparable to regular 100 watt incandesant bulbs.
From what I can see, they use less power, in part because they do not give off as much light.
If they work for you, and it appears they do. That is great!!! Especially the saving money part!
if it don't hurt your eyes, go for it.
a young (15) family member of mine had to get glasses
after living about 3 months in a house full of flourescent lights
This was back in 1990.
Her eyes were just too sensitive and/or the cyclic rate was just too low.
So if you're going for it, make sure you get something "flicker free" (high frequency)