By Anonymous Coward Posted Thursday 19th March 2009 17:07 GMT
"Where the 'Commission' fails to take into account these so called 'long-life' fluorescents are so badly manufactured (yet sold at higher price than value) that they break quicker than normal incandescent bulbs, can flicker incessantly, and have a nasty habit of requiring a warming up of a minute or two on average before reaching their most efficient output stage. Higher breakage numbers causes higher demand for replacements, causing the landfill to, well, fill quicker. Efficient right? everybody except the consumer happy."
This is not my personal experience - I have no idea what you are going on about. --snip---
By all means, if it works for you don't bother changing it. But i'm done with them, really. In that respect you and I are exact opposites, CFL works for you and it doesn't for me. I bought more replacements than I care to remember, they all flickered, burned their starter to a crisp or cracked their glass and failed faster than regular incandescents. and these were Philips and Osram brands.. I thought I could expect some quality by buying the 'proper' kinds, but it was highly disappointing and surprisingly expensive in the end after adding it all up.
For me, LED is the way of the future. Not a single LED has failed, and there's now literally hundreds all over my house and garden, and the ones that have their own power source are recharged primarily by solar power.
There's something magical about watching your garden light up in the evening with small well-placed garden lights here and there. This will be their third summer, 100% off the grid.
As for your other comments, I share your experience with sickening flicker rates. I cannot use or look indirectly at any kind CRT anymore since a previous experience with acute flicker-illness (for lack of a better name) unless they are refreshing at 85Hz or above.
Any CFL, tube or bulb looks like a strobe light to me, and so do cheap TFT monitors (Neovo E-17 being an example) and badly configured (read: cheap) PWM driven light dimmers.
Unsurprisingly, even some of the higher priced types still exhibit the same behaviour, a big gripe. Don't these manufacturers test things properly? penny pinching skinflints the lot of them. Scrooge would be proud.