Do Compact Florecent Bulbs Really Last? Try SEVEN YEARS!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Broker/Owner - Texas Pride Realty 0503820 TX

Tonight my partner, Warren, and I took a walk around our Carrollton, Tx neighborhood and coming home I discovered that the outdoor light on my flagpole was out.  Actually, it went out about a week or so ago but I've just forgotten to change it.

So I went out to the garage and got another CLF Spot light and went to change out the bulb.  The one I removed had a small note written on it in marker.  It read MAY 04.   We moved here in July of 03 and put the pole in around September of that year.  The first bulb, a  regular incandescent bulb, burned out and I replaced it with this bulb in May of 2004.

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So the bulb burned every night for 2,555 days, roughly 12 hours a night which would be 30.666  hours.  I don't know about you,  but that just seems like an amazing amount of time to get out of a product.  Considering we've had temperatures up to 112 degrees and as cold as 9 for 4 days in a row.

Warren and I keep track of our green iniatives on our blog site at Dallas Green


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Emily Read
Salt Lake City, UT

Wow, Bob - that's pretty amazing - seven years?? I'm off to check your other blog out! :)

May 26, 2011 08:50 PM #1
Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!
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It's good to know that bulb was worth it.

May 26, 2011 10:12 PM #2
Evan Little
Surterre Properties - Santa Ana, CA
Eco, Live/Work, Sales and Management

I've noticed a lot of negative feedback from consumers who have invested in cheap CFLs.  Not realizing that not all CFLs are dimmable or do not dim well, that their dimmer switch also needs to be replaced, that some some CFLs cannot be used upside down, etc... so the don't last very long or give poor light quality.  Hopefully the prices drastically drop for LEDs because I don't think consumers are going to get educated on CFLs anytime soon.

Jun 02, 2011 01:41 PM #3
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