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The Weekend Poll: Compact fluourescent bulbs

We're told they're the green thing to do. They're supposed to last longer and save money, too. So what's the verdict on compact fluorescent light bulbs?



This is a non-scientific user poll. Results are not statistically valid and cannot be assumed to reflect the views of Washington Post users as a group or the general population.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  May 14, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  Home features , Poll , Weekend Poll  
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The only places I don't use them are where they are impractical: oven, fridge, microwave & chandelier w/dimmer (LED nightlights are great). Don't use CFLs on motion sensor fixtures, the constant on/off will shorten the life of the bulb drastically.
I've found some variations by manufacturer: 1/2 second delay after turning on, full brightness takes some time.
Some research is required prior to purchase. You can get bulbs that are equal to incandescent in color, check the kelvin numbers. They also come in soft or bright white.
I like the spiral design for most locations, but for bathroom fixtures they are available enclosed in a globe and look like incandescents.

Posted by: jimbo1949 | May 15, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

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