florescent bulb colors

Do they sell fluorescent bulbs that DON'T emit that harsh sterile blue-white glow. I'd be more disposed to using them in my house if it weren't for the color they emit.
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Try warm white, or go a step farther and try a 3500K lamp

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Eigenvector wrote:

Sure. The newer ones are quite good.
They are getting better. It cost more to make the light more pleasant and they often make less light.
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Light from soft white fluorescents is indistinguishable from light from soft white incandescents. Put a soft white CFL under a lampshade, you'll never know the difference.
Cool white tubes are still useful where you want a lot of light from the cheapest tube, such as workshops. They're one of the best plant lights going, actually better than tubes sold specifically as "plant lights" for twice the price. Avoid the cheap yellowish "kitchen and bath" tubes. Everyone I know who's tried them hates them. The color is just marginally better than HPS streetlamps.
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Eigenvector wrote:

Assuming you're not speaking of CF bulbs...
About five years ago I spent a couple of hours tossing out about 70 cheepo 40 watt four footers our office landlord supplies (and even replaces free when they die).
I replaced them all with Phillips brand "daylight" bulbs, their Type F40T12/DX.
The results were immediately apparant. Everybody commented on how much "better" they felt working under the "new" lights, especially on cloudy days when there wasn't much sunlight coming through the windows.
So, let the landlord keep his 99 cent bulbs, and damn the expense, those "daylight bulbs are well worth paying for ourselves.
Jeff
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