Anyone having any luck with CFL light bulbs?
I converted our home (mostly) to CFLs several years ago. What I have seen:
1) I do not see that my electric bill changed at all, up or down.
2) CLFs are expensive!
3) These things just don't last! The claim is they should last much longer than incandescents, but I just don't see it. No matter the form factor or manufacturer, these things are dropping like flies. Some have not lasted more than a few weeks. Most seem to last about a year. Few make if beyond two years. Mostly these lights are not used a lot - they are on 1 hour or 2 a day. Figuring a generous 2 years at 2 hours a day, that comes to a lifetime of roughly 1500 hours - nowhere near the 10K or more they claim.
4) For all the expense, I have seen no payback at all. I am starting to think this is another case of something foisted on us by Congress for the benefit of business. I'm glad I didn't throw my incandescents out because I intend to switch back to them over the weekend.
What are your experiences with CFLs?