Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Compact fluorescent bulbs

My mom mentioned that she recently tried a CFL bulb and was disappointed by the lack of brightness. We've noticed the same thing, so I went to GE's site , which is very informative, with a long list of answers to frequently asked questions.

According to GE, "Because the wattage of a CFL bulb is much lower than that of an incandescent, you can use higher wattage CFL giving you the equivalent light of a higher wattage incandescent. For example: If your fixture says not to exceed 60 watts, you can use a 15 watt CFL to get the same amount of light as an incandescent bulb or use up to a 42 watt CFL and increase the amount of light."

There's a chart on the website that indicates standard bulb and CFL equivalents. I'll have to check the wattage on the bulbs we're using to determine if we should be using different ones. (Hope this helps, Mom!)

Anyone else tried CFL bulbs--what do you think?


thehomespunheart said...

I've been wanting to try them - thanks for the info...I'm just watching for a good price on some. Any suggestions?

carrie said...


I have occasionally seen coupons for CFL's; in fact, I noticed the GE website has a section for special offers. Currently, the coupon is for halogen bulbs, which we don't use.

I felt like I was "biting the bullet" purchasing a pack of these, but from what I've read, you buy them less often (savings) and they use less energy (savings). It was worth it to me to try them out, even though I don't think we'll use them in every room.

Ewokgirl said...

I hate them. I use them in certain areas of the house where the brightness doesn't really matter, and it's difficult to change a bulb. But otherwise, I use regular light bulbs. The light given off by CFLs is hard on me as a migraine sufferer.

Mary Ann said...

We've been using them for about 8 months and love them! They are a bigger investment initially but so worth it as we were changing the cheap bulbs constantly and it really was getting old. At first, I didn't think they were bright enough because of being used to the others, but we've gotten used to them now.

I'm really enjoying your blog by the way!:-)

Anonymous said...

Dear Carrie -- thanks for researching this and sharing the info! I may try a higher wattage -- but will wait and see before replacing too many of our bulbs.

I did have a coupon when I bought the one I have -- but the price still seems like a lot compared to regular bulbs.

Thanks again!
Love, Mom

Amy Jane said...

DH (dear husband) has them in every room but the bathroom (b/c dimming fluorescents were not yet available when we switched, and even now are very expensive).

I think they're fine, but I don't think we have anything as small as your 15-watt. (Being in Alaska I plan for light in dark times).

My favorite is *definitely* the day-light colored lights-- they're noticeably different from the traditional greeny-yellow fluors.

A side benefit of this type is that pictures don't need to be color-corrected. (not that I still do that much, now that I'm out of college...) I was a photo-journalism major and learned then about the look of lights.