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Thread: Better-designed CFL's?
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Bob Blick wrote:
> In California CFL's are subsidised by the electric company. I have never
> paid more than about a dollar for a CFL. Last time I bought some
> (Philips brand at Costco) they were about $.75 for the "60 watt
> equivalents" and $1.05 for the "100 watt equivalents".

Bob, since issue has come up in another thread, I would like to point out
that "subsidized" in this case simply means that government took your money,
gave it to the electric company (a government-protected monopoly), and let
it decide what kind of CFLs you should use. TANSTAAFL.

> Consequently I use them almost everywhere. The name brands have nicer
> light and fewer early failures than the generics. But basically they
> last a long time on average. Failure modes are pretty varied. Some have
> almost melted down.

I found that the difference is huge. Philips bulbs are instant-on, produce
better color spectrum, and last several times longer than generics. They
cost only about $1 more than unsubsidized generics.


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