CFL longlife is an industry myth
For a good long while I have flirted with using CFLs to replace my older style lamps and I have to say that I am pretty underwhelmed regarding the long life claims.
Most of the standard supermarket CFLs I have bought have a far shorter life than their tungsten counterparts.
Symptoms of failure are typically chosen from the following list:
- output "strange" spectrum blue light that makes you feel really ill after a while
- just refuses to come on
Oh, and the other thing is that they are typically slightly bigger than tungsten lamps and are therefore useless for close fitting enclosed bathroom enclosures.
Oh and another thing while I'm at it - they take so long to "warm-up" that they are useless for garages, cupboards and stairs.
Oh and they are more expensive.
Is there any reason why people are NOT flocking to buy them?