I agree. It's odd that such a fuss is being made about power factor though.
The effect on the electrical system in a single family home even with
several homes on the power transformer out on the pole is tiny when power
factors are either 0.5., 0.7 or 0.9. These are the requirements for the
various lighting devices as regulated by the California Energy Commission
for products sold in California.
On 04-26-2013 09:06, email@example.com wrote:
Depends on what you call testing. My personal experience
(ten to fifteen bulbs) with CFLs is that their life time
is five percent of the length of the B.S. "warranty"
If this thing, with it's six-year warranty, is proportional,
then the answer for me would be NO,
Well, they have two at an HD on the other side of town and none in 5
stores near that other one. For some reason HD thinks I live on the
other side of town, even t hough other websites like weather know
where I live.
Hmmm. It has 32 in stock at the store nearesst me. Are you saying I
should buy some?? I wonder how many would be good.
And out of stock at 4 stores near that one.
After I kept going, I found 4 stores out of agroup of 6 which said
Item not sold at this store. Plus about 14 earlier stores which had
at least two, 1 that had one, and 10 earlier additional stores that
were out of them.
It says 14.99 now.
A store about 50 miles away from me had a stock of them
Closest to me claims to have them--for $50. Allegedly costs $1.20 per
year to operate (YMMV disclaimer) if you have it on three hours per day.
At my electric rates, if I replace a 60W incandescent that runs three
hours a day, I will indeed spend $1.22 a year on it, saving the purchase
price in eight years.
However, the "warranty" is only six years. CFLs are "warranted" five
years, and most of them last three to six months (yeah, yeah, yours
lasts just fine. Well, mine don't--from GE, Sylvania, & Feit.) The
"warranty" is meaningless marketing.
Having worked in the warranty claims department of one of those companies
some years ago, I can tell you the warranty is not meaningless. Yes, the
company will ask you for a sales slip, a date code from the bulb and maybe
want to see the burned out bulb itself; but you will get a free replacement
.. sometimes more. If the bulb is Energy Star listed, the whole thing can
be done by calling an 800 number. With the more expensive LED bulbs, the
Energy Star listing becomes more important, of course.
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