These bulbs are supposed to last much longer than incandescent types. I
have had several of them give up the ghost way too soon (the last was a
Philips brand). Has anyone else had this problem?
Mine don't last very long either. Doesn't matter, they do have a 7
year guarantee, so I keep calling the 800 number and they mail me new
ones. I think the reason they really don't last as long as they say
that they do it because the alleged lifespan is under ideal conditions,
and under ideal conditions a flourescent is on all the time. I try to
only use them in places where the light is on a lot. In places like
hallways and outdoors where flourescents aren't going to work good I
use regular incandescent bulbs.
Compact fluorescents with outer bulbs over the tubing usually work well
outdoors. They can take several minutes to warm up when it's cold, and
even start off-color when it is cold, but I find them to get to close to
full brightness in several minutes. My favorite here is the 18 watt
Philips EL/O ("Outdoor"). Besides taking cold well, I have found it to
have especially long life.
- Don Klipstein ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
It doesn't matter. Electric lights are 100% heat, as they require
outside air to come intot the house to emit energy. I like a lot of
light. In the winter,
they supplement my heat --- In the summer , they oppose my air
I minimize the sources.
Twenty five cents for a 100 watt bulb is a good space heater. Even
cheaper, joule for joule, than space heaters.... If you like halogen,
halogen --- it all ends up as heat energy after it bounces off the
a dozen times.... Whatever is the least expensive, tho the differences
in cost are minimal.
Andy in Eureka , registered PE and retired
But do you advise on using 100 watt bulbs and not
something smaller like 60 watt?
Again..... my goals is to use same strategy as you....
use incandescent bulbs abs heater/lights in winter....
and the swap to CF lights in summer.
I used to be. I remmber when I first moved to Seattle, a landlord
saying "And the heat is all electric - so it's cheap". Those days
are long behind us. The concept was totally alien to me that day.
Not sure I agree with that. Maybe
What abt the zone heating that one does with electric
lights as heat source?
usually you will need light in the room you are
in....so by using an incandescent bulb as both light
and heat you zone heat this way
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