A useful discussion of CFL bulbs

Virginia Postrel has a useful piece available here. One useful point is that the bulbs don't seem to last longer than incandescent bulbs.

One serious technophile, University of Tennessee law professor Glenn Reynolds, spent much of 2007 flogging compact fluorescents on his popular Instapundit blog, eventually persuading more than 1,900 readers to swap 19,871 incandescent bulbs for CFLs. To this day, the Instapundit group is by far the largest participant at OneBillionBulbs.com, a bulb-switching campaign organized by the consulting firm Symmetric Technologies. But Reynolds himself has changed his mind.

“I’m deeply, deeply disappointed with CFL bulbs,” he wrote last month on his blog. “I replaced pretty much every regular bulb in the house with CFLs, but they’ve been failing at about the same rate as ordinary long-life bulbs, despite the promises of multiyear service. And I can’t tell any difference in my electric bill. Plus, the Insta-Wife hates the light.” . . .



Blogger Unknown said...

Hi I'm currently taking my Contractor CE. LED light bulbs could very well be the next best thing in lighting. The technology is making inroads in every market, with an LED bulb for any application.

12/20/2011 5:15 AM  

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