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Old 08-17-2009, 08:34 PM  
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So what can I blame my bad luck on? Could I have some sort of voltage issue or other variable in my system?

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a normal CFL bulb has a a lifespan of 16,000 hour..if you use it more every day, it is sure that the lifespan would be less than the rated lifespan of the bulb

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I cannot decipher that last sentence. I cannot use my imagination to guess the thought intended, either.

What some people are writing is that some CFLs have an observed life of a few dozen to a hundred hours.
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Yeah, use a sharpie, write the date installed on the base. Save the box and receipt. Put them back in the box when they blow. When you have a full box take them back. A friend of mine does that, he NEVER buys bulbs anymore. They always blow for him before the date on the guarantee.
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That is a great idea! We have CFLs of various wattages in ever light in the house here and since they were put in none have burned out yet. For me the advantage, aside from the lower electricity usage, is also the different kids of lighting. You can't match the color of light from a 6500k CFL with an incandescent.

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