Light from soft white fluorescents is indistinguishable from light
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
cheapest tube, such as workshops. They're one of the best plant
going, actually better than tubes sold specifically as "plant lights"
twice the price. Avoid the cheap yellowish "kitchen and bath"
Everyone I know who's tried them hates them. The color is just
marginally better than HPS streetlamps.
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
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.
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