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Re: [Shop-talk] Dimmable CFLs at Home Depot

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Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Dimmable CFLs at Home Depot
From: "Randall" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2009 14:16:50 -0800
> It has been my experience that CFL's don't like to be turned 
> off/on (seems to dramatically shorten their lives). I put 
> them in the bathrooms where they are turned off and on many 
> times a day (no windows) and they seem to die frequently even 
> though the total number of hours on are very low compared to 
> the ones in the living room that get many hours of use but 
> are turned off/on once a day. Perhaps it could be the 
> humidity, too, I suppose.

I've had the same CFLs in one bathroom and the utility room (which likewise
gets flipped on and off many times a day) since maybe 2004 with no failures
yet.  Might not be FEIT brand though.

The very first fluorescent replacements for screw-in incandescents I bought
over 10 years ago are FEIT, and all they have needed is bulb replacement.
Not "compact" though, the bulbs are perhaps 6" long and the ballast adds a
couple inches to that, so only useful in very limited situations (like the
range hood and a floor lamp).

> As far as Feit CFL's, I bought a bunch a couple years ago and 
> almost all of them failed -- I think they put out a bad batch.

Makes sense to me.  A very common problem with goods sourced from China;
apparently no matter who does the importing.  But I've had a lot of Sylvania
bulbs that didn't last very long either, in my experience FEIT products are
at least as good and likely better.

Of course I could be prejudiced.  Years ago I worked for a company that
belonged to the same company that owns the Sylvania name.  When they
insisted that we start using Sylvania bulbs in our plant, our facilities
manager complained that the bulbs failed at least twice as often as the GE
bulbs he had been using.

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