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    I would love to hear some opinions on CFL bulbs (I laugh when I see "CFL" as I am canadian and our football league is the CFL, and I picture lightbulbs the shape of footballs)

    I have heard horrible things about CFL bulbs and I would love to get your take on them.

    Things I have heard:

    1. They contain mercury and if they break, you get potentially dangerous mercury vapors in the air (bad for a baby's room). Also you shouldn't throw them in the regular garbage because of this (don't know where to take them!)

    2. They only save money if you leave them on for extended periods of time as in a business setting and in the home they save virtually nothing but cost a lot more. Also those of us in cold winter climates lose the extra heat that the regular bulbs give off and increases our gas usage.

    3. The making and selling of them is government "trickery" making us believe they are better because they are somehow tied to the sales of these bulbs (far fetched I think but the government is sketchy at the best of times LOL)

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    We use them and we have noticed a diff in the bill. I don't think they are as bright and that bothers me but saving money is great! I have 4 kids and have not broken one yet. We have had the same ones in for 6 months and they have not burnt out yet. Here in Ohio, usa they have a number on the box where you call when they burn out or break and they tell you where to recycle
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    I HATE CFL bulbs!!! I understand the energy efficiency, and the long life of them. But, I hate the kind of light they give off and how it looks. We have a few around the house, and eventually we'll have to switch over to them completely since we won't be able to buy them anymore. But, I'm hoping that they come up with something better in the not-to-distant future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by celticbandgeek View Post
    I HATE CFL bulbs!!! I understand the energy efficiency, and the long life of them. But, I hate the kind of light they give off and how it looks. We have a few around the house, and eventually we'll have to switch over to them completely since we won't be able to buy them anymore. But, I'm hoping that they come up with something better in the not-to-distant future.
    How long ago did you buy them? They now have ratings on the package, and you can buy them according to the quality of the light you like, such as a warmer, yellowish light similar to an incandescent light or a "soft" bluer light. So you definitely have choices in terms of the quality and color of the light.

    In terms of energy efficiency, I think they use only about 20% of the energy it takes to run a standard light bulb for the same light output, so if you replace all of your bulbs, you are saving a lot of electricity. They are a lot more expensive than regular bulbs, but they can last for 10 years. We still have some of the bulbs that we bought 8 years ago, and with incandescents, we were changing them every year or two. It is really nice not to have to get up on a ladder and change a bulb somewhere in the house every few months.

    Regarding the mercury, they supposedly have greatly reduced the amount of mercury in each bulb, but it is still there. I don't know about Canada, but in the US, you can take them to Lowe's or Home Depot, among others. I don't worry too much about breaking, because they're pretty tough, but I suppose there's always a risk.

    If you're willing to spend a little more money, you can get LED's. They do not contain hazardous chemicals and are as efficient as CFL's. I have never used them, so I can't speak to the quality of the lighting.

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    I am not completely sold on them. I even question the length of time they are suppose to last. We have had a few that stopped working way before their supposed max hrs were up. But I keep buying them hoping they will save me money in the long run.
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    We have them in almost every light in our house except my kids bedside lamps, which have LEDs. We have been in our house 6 years, and we brought several of our cfl's with from our old house, so we are talking 7-8 years old...we've only had a couple burn out in just the last month or so. I'm not crazy about the older ones that had to 'warm up', but the new ones in the yellowish color don't bother me at all. My husband is an electrician and says they are a ton more energy efficient than regular bulbs, so I go with it
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    We replaced most of the bulbs in our home about 3 years ago with CFLs and have not had to replace any of them yet even in areas that the light gets switched on/off more frequently. I too have heard that the mercury levels have decreased since they were first produced and I see recycling stations for them at home improvement stores (Lowes and Home Depot) and some drugstores. Here is a good resource for finding recycle/take back places in your area (covers US & Canada) for CFLs (and other items too):

    http://earth911.com/

    I have been able to get different CFL light tones (not sure if that is what you call it) from soft white (more closely related to incandescent) to daylight (I like having these in particular parts of my house as they help with my mood during the long dark days of winter). You can get them with covers so they look like regular bulbs (for those put off by the weird bulb shape). Also make sure you get the appropriate type for your dimmer lights...I noticed flickering buzzy CFLs in my one bathroom and realized it was b/c I was using non-dimmer CFL bulbs with a dimmer switch.
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    I HATE CFL bulbs!!! I understand the energy efficiency, and the long life of them. But, I hate the kind of light they give off and how it looks.
    This!!! I haven't yet seen the variety as mentioned by another poster, but I'm very particular about the quality of light in my own home, and I am really turned off by the hue. I'd rather just turn off lights behind me, and save electricity the old fashioned way.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Dixiemom1st View Post
    I am not completely sold on them. I even question the length of time they are suppose to last. We have had a few that stopped working way before their supposed max hrs were up. But I keep buying them hoping they will save me money in the long run.
    You should keep the package and the receipt. Most of them have a guarantee (5 years?) that they will not burn out.

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    We use them in all of our lighting (military and keep moving). We bought a whole bunch 3 years ago and take them with us every time we move. We've yet to have one break or burn out. They definitely have the different "light" versions now so they're a lot better than they used to be as far as seeming natural. I can't really comment on energy savings since we move all the time.

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