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April 11, 2009, 1:08 pm
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**If you're dumb enough to pay $10.00 for a decent quality CFL, then you
deserve what you get. I've never paid more than $6.00 (retail) for a quality
(Philips) CFL. Except for my Par 38 replacements, of course. Further and for
the record: I have CFLs everywhere I can put them and have done so for at
least the last 5 years. I've had two failures:
* One was a cheap, crappy one. I don't buy them anymore.
* A possum sat on one. I now place the ones in the garage under protective
Additionally: The ones in the bathrooms replaced the reflecting back jobbies
(in those XLTastic fittings). They're 23 Watt Philips. Not only do they
deliver more light (measured with a light meter), even now, after 3 years,
then the incandescents they replaced, but the light is actually more evenly
spread and I've saved money, both on power and replacing failed
incandescents. I realise it is popular to bash CFLs, but I find them
excellent for the task. Of course, I don't buy crap CFLs (anymore).
**Either you're unlucky, or I'm very lucky. At last count I have about a 20
of the suckers all over the place. They all get used at least a couple of
times a week. No failures with the Philips ones. Well, except for the one
that the possum sat/fell/jumped on.
**Well, yeah. Mirabella is really crappy.
Most of mine are Philips too. No reliability problems but shorter lifetime with
the cheap Chinese made ones. They're rated at 6,000 hrs but you can get 9,000,
12,000 and 15,000 hr CFLs from other sources. Osram were particularly good in
that respect IME. I had one last over 6 yrs in a frequently used room.
It's Philips btw and I've had no trouble with them except that the ultra cheap
ones they have now, made in China aren't as long lived as the original
European made ones. For the money, you can hardly complain though.
I do however resent how their luminous output is compared to 'softone bulbs'
instead of genuine GLS bulbs.
You bought a bad brand or there's a problem with your fitment.
Please don't use the "greengrocers' apostrophe" btw.
Simple plurals just need the adding of an s mostly. No apostrophe needed. I
always chuckle when a apub publishes its menu as including " fish and