Alone in the dark

compact fluorescent bulb

Ever since moving into my home in 2001 I have had a problem with lightbulbs. It seems that the bulbs typically only last a few months at most. I have attempted to research the reason behind this and have come to the conclusion that it’s either because incandescent lightbulbs are worthless, or there is some type of electrical problem in my house (I’ve also read that the problem could be due to screwing the bulbs in too tight, but last time I replaced them I was careful not to overtighten).

While at my local Wal-Mart, buying bulbs I decided to conduct an experiment. I replaced six of the seven bulbs that are burnt out with Compact Flourescent bulbs. These bulbs are supposed to use less power (so I’m saving the planet), and last for five years.

I was a bit skeptical, but the new bulbs put out a pleasing light. The only caveat so far is that they take a second or two to come on, not a problem but a bit of an annoyance. Every time I flip the switch I think they’ve burnt out. I’m sure that will pass.

Now we just need to see how long they last. I’ll be sure to post if/when any of them burn out.

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