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I wasn't sure how aware people here are about CFL bulbs. They are much more energy efficient than Incandescents. They save money on your electric bill and help the environment.<br><br><br><br>
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More expensive (but you'll get it back in electric bill savings)<br><br>
Contain Mercury (overall effect is still better, plus you can recycle them)<br><br><br><br>
here is a link for more information:<br><br><a href="http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=cfls.pr_cfls" target="_blank">http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=cfls.pr_cfls</a><br><br><br><br>
you can always google 'CFL' and you'll get plenty of info!
 

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Yeah, I recently switched to these in my bedroom and will buy more for the kitchen/dining room when my regular bulbs burn out. I find the lighting quality to be better, though I haven't yet noticed a difference in my hydro bill.
 

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The prices on CFL bulbs has really dropped in the past few years and their light quality has improved. I've switched over most of my house except for my dining room which is on a dimmer switch.
 

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We've had our home equipped with these for quite a few years. They're nice. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Starblossom</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Yeah, I recently switched to these in my bedroom and will buy more for the kitchen/dining room when my regular bulbs burn out. I find the lighting quality to be better, though I haven't yet noticed a difference in my hydro bill.</div>
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Of course the problem here is that a good 50% of our electricity bills aren't even based on consumption... they're stupid additional fees. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/brood.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":brood:">
 

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I was looking at these in the store the other day, and I noticed that they give equivalents to how much light they give off, compared to the old fashioned bulbs. Oddly, they didn't sell any CFL that gives off more light than a 100 watt bulb. I've got a couple of 150 watt bulbs in my apartment, and I don't have very many lamps, so these might not be bright enough for my needs. Do they make brighter ones? I might just have to shop around to find them.<br><br><br><br>
--Fromper<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/juggle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":juggle:">
 

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Some electric copmpanies have been giving them away or selling them really cheap through subsidies. I bought a box of 50 and gave them away for Chanukah (the Jewish festival of light that celebrates the miracle of oil conservation).
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>micro202</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
The prices on CFL bulbs has really dropped in the past few years and their light quality has improved. I've switched over most of my house except for my dining room which is on a dimmer switch.</div>
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They have dimmable CFLs.
 

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highly recommend them. a whole-house replacement cut our lighting bill by 60%. in some areas, you may receive a discount for purchasing these. most recently, i bought 4 100wt equivalent bulbs for $1US. not bad!
 

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If you have a Menards in your area, they have had a 6 pack of 60w equivalents on sale for $8.97 the last few weeks. That's about the cheapest I've seen them.
 

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Right now, Walgreens has energy efficient light bulbs for PENNIES! You basically get a instant $2 refund on each bulb, taken at the register, no limit.... They are the "coiled tube" energy efficient ones but have the energy star rating, so they're good and all, and they work really well. I paid 7 cents a piece for mine. I bouught 20 of em!
 

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Another thing I love about CFL bulbs is how long they last -- up to around 7 years. Everytime a bulb burns out in my house I replace it with a CFL. (When I bought the house a lot of the bulbs were incandescent.)<br><br><br><br>
Oh, and I can get 45 watt equivalent CFL bulbs at the dollar store. They're not bright enough for everywhere, but they're sometimes OK.
 
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