I recently posted a question about increasing the wattage of bulbs installed in
a ceiling fixture. A lot of the answers said to use florescent bulbs (more
light while using less watts).
I've tried to use these bulb-type florescent lights. They don't work outside,
they're supposed to be used vertically,
they don't fit inside most of the harps used for lampshades, etc.. Where/when
I can use them is great, but I bought a pack of four or five of them at Sam's,
and they're still in the closet, not used. They're too damn big to fit most of
the applications that I purchased them for.l
You didn't say it was outside; as I recall all you said was a ceiling
fixture. I use fluoros on outside porches in a cold climate, and while
they don't get as bright when the weather is cold (say less than 5-10
degrees F), and are especially dimmer when first turned on, they work
fine otherwise. I have two brands -- one says "indoors only", the other
says outdoors only if in an enclosed fixture. At any rate you can buy
special CFLs rated for colder temps and potentially wet installations.
Mine do not list this requirement.
Mine are coil-type compacts that are actually smaller than typical
lightbulbs, and have no problem fitting in any fixture I've tried them with.
Where/when I can
If you look around there's special equipment available that lets you
switch to fluorescents (proper recessed cans, dimmer switches, timers,
etc.). But I've found that they work just fine in many, many
applications, so I'm mystified why you've had so much trouble.
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