A Home Energy Improvement for Only $15

We recently switched from incandescent to CFL bulbs for our outdoor floods lights.  I got soft white, because harsh white CFL bulbs make me twitch. (Especially the indoor ones, which I prefer to use in places like closets).

Anyway, a two-pack of the incandescent outdoor floodlights that we normally buy costs $13.97. The CFL two-pack was only a dollar more, but will last 2,000 hours longer and uses less energy.

After the CFLs were installed in our existing light fixtures, I waited for it to get dark so I could see how they compared to the bulbs we normally use. They were dim, folks. I mean REALLY dim and looked kind of purple. I was all, Crap! No wonder they last so long, there’s no output!  But what I didn’t realize is there is that these bulbs need to warm up. They are very bright once they have been on for a minute or two.

CFL Outdoor Light Bulbs:

  • Work well (once they get going);
  • Last longer than incandescent ones; and,
  • They use less energy which will save us money over time. (Ka-ching!)

I can live with the warm-up, so I’m glad we made the switch.

I used gift cards provided by The Home Depot to buy these light bulbs. But my husband and I chose the product, and my opinion is my own.


2 Responses to A Home Energy Improvement for Only $15

  1. Paloma December 30, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    I refuse to use them until they solve the cleanup and disposal issues.

  2. Heather January 9, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

    Hey, Paloma. Will look into that, thanks for your comment.

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