Weekly Challenge #1 completed, now your turn!
6/08/2005 04:06:00 PM | Author: baloghblog
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Challenge #1 completed! Posted by Hello

total cost $18.02 for 5 5-year bulbs. Posted by Hello

Basement light used in laundry area. (Unfortunately the most "left-on" light in the house.) Posted by Hello

First one to send me proof they did it too will get posted.
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On 4:18 PM , baloghblog said...

These bulbs are actually much brighter than I expected. I think that if you bought them in bulk the price might be less.

On 4:26 PM , Jeff McIntire-Strasburg said...

Congrats, Steve! The compact fluorescents last forever, too. I put one in our second-floor hallway and one on the porch light in front of the house three years ago, and they're still going strong. We've got them scattered through other lighting fixtures in the house. _Don't_ use them with dimmers, though...

I've seen utilities sell them cheaper, too, though usually just as a promotion. The Earthways Center in St. Louis always has them for sale as part of their big energy event every year -- they sell them (or, actually, I think it's the utility company) for a mere $.99.

On 11:13 PM , RomeHater said...

Are you counting tax? I noticed Big Lots has a 2 pack of the bulb shaped compacts (13W, 60 W equivalent) for $5.99. I have to say, we use one in the bathroom and it's lasted at least 10 times as long as an incandecent.

On 7:19 AM , baloghblog said...

I threw out the receipt, but I think that the 3 pack (100 Watt equivalent) was $9 something, off brand, and the 2 pack of 60 watt equivalent, by GE, was $7.99.

I imagine if I went to BJ's (like I should have) it would have saved me a buck or two. Big Lot's is a good idea as well.

On 10:03 PM , Anonymous said...

Also, if you try to put CFLs in enclosed fixtures like recessed "cans" or full glass "bowls", the bulb may have a much shorter life. These fixtures trap heat that can shorten the lifetime to something similar to regular incandescent. I learned the hard way. :-( To fully take advantage of these, I would need to get some better-ventilated fixtures. I still have some single CFLs in enclosed glass fixtures, but there generally are not left on for long periods of time.