With the initial higher cost of the bulb, I'm GUESSING I would need the bulb to last close to at least 4 years to pay for itself. The bulbs run about $7 for 3ea 100 watt equivalent (they use 26 watts) Maybe someone could help me on this math or show me how to figure out how long they'd need to last to be a better buy then incandescents.
Is anyone else using these fluorescent lights? I get them at Wal-Mart so it is whatever brand they carry. My current bad bulb is made by Commercial Electric. It had a 7 year guarantee. It was installed 2005-01-06. At the rated 4 hours a day, I should have gotten 10,192 hours of use. I had the bulb for about 19,000 hours. If I ran it non stop, day and night, I could have burned it out. But why the heck would I buy an energy saving bulb if I wasn't trying to save energy.
What kind of hours are YOU getting? Have you folks in CA switched yet before it becomes law?
Also, does anyone know of any light sources that use LEDs for the home? I saw one at Lowe's ( like a Home Depo/Builders Square ) but it seemed to be more for ambient light then to light a room or task lighting. But some kind of device with a few dozen LEDs in it that screwed into a standard socket would be pretty cool. I hear that LEDs are as more efficient then fluorescent. Don't know if it is true but I THINK I saw something that claimed the difference in efficiency between LEDs and fluorescent's was about the same as the difference between fluorescent's and incandescents. But that doesn't seem right to me because fluorescent's are in the 90-95% efficiency range, right? Again, I don't know, but I have started my search for better fluorescent and LED lights.
But I would like your feed back - mainly on the life of your fluorescent lights, but all the other stuff too.
( Got to remember to take the ambien after I write the emails. Wait, did I take it yet? Well, better to be sure and take one more.)