Well, with all the grumbles about CFL failures, I felt I should announce that I experienced yet another CFL failure last night. That's a total of 2 (TWO) failures whilst living at my present address (4 years) and a total of3 (THREE) CFL failures in the 8 (EIGHT) years I've been using them. Whilst living at my present address, I've swapped every possible lamp to CFL that I am able. Except for regular flouros, of course (lots of them in the workshop).
Last night's failure was when I dropped a trouble light onto a rock and it pieced the tube, thus causing it's failure.
So far, here's the list of failures:1) Cheap, shitty CFL, failed soon after fitting. I no longer purchase anything but Phillips branded lamps. 2) Phillips lamp failed in the garage, when a possum sat on/grabbed the lamp. 3) Phillips lamp failed when a rock caused damage to the tube.
For the record:
All my outdoor lighting is CFL (total of 7 lamps). All bathroom lighting is CFL (total of 3 lamps). Kitchen lighting is partially CFL (total of 3 lamps). TV room background lighting is CFL (total of 1, 7 Watt CFL). Three bedrooms are CFL lit (total of 5 CFLs). Garage has one CFL.
Two CFLs were brought from my old address and are still providing excellent performance (as measured by my light meter), relative to the incandescents they replaced.
Phillips CFLs rule!