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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Compact fluorescent light bulbs

I'm trying very hard to shed some light (sorry about that) upon these new bulbs. I've read that it is energy efficient to use them instead of incandescent bulbs, and although they're more expensive, they last much longer. I bought a spiral fluorescent bulb several years ago, but it was too big for any of my lamps. Now they come in compact and mini sizes, so that solves the size problem. The next issue is to figure out the watts you need. Fortunately, the packages give the equivalents in both fluorescent and incandescent, but sometimes you have to search for it. The new fluorescents don't seem to throw light as far, as we discovered when we put them into our reading lamps, but since you're sitting still, that doesn't matter much. Also, they worked just fine for the living room lamps and for the one that's on a timer. But we did have to experiment with the temperature, as there's a whole different range out there. The "craft" light is 5000 Kelvin full spectrum, same as my studio overhead lights, but it doesn't work for a reading lamp. There's one that is "daylight" at 6500K that is way too cool for any uses I can think of. The one I liked is 100W daylight Sylvania at 3000-3500K and has a nicely balanced color that isn't too warm or too cool. I found the best selection at Lowe's.

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Blogger CMC said...

I ran into the same problems with the size for some of my lamps, too, Nita. You,also, have to buy a larger wattage than you think you should to get enough light for my eyes.
I'll be on the look-out for the more compact size next time I'm in Lowe's. Sure wish they could put out the clean light of the REVEAL bulbs.

11:03 AM  
Blogger Annette Bush said...

Nita, I read this early before my second cup of coffee. Gotta read again since I need to put in some new lighting in several places. Great bit of info, I think! ;-]

2:22 PM  
Blogger Nita said...

My husband says he thinks the light gets brighter as the bulb warms up. I don't know if that's true or if one's eyes adjust to the light.

10:29 AM  

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