23 Jan '12, 12pm

Ask Umbra: Why are my CFLs burning out so quickly?

Ask Umbra: Why are my CFLs burning out so quickly?

A CFL that I’ve had for less than a year just burnt out. It’s happened to me numerous times before. We’re told that one of the money-saving benefits of CFLs is that they last much longer than incandescent bulbs, but that’s not been my experience. Am I buying the wrong brands? Has demand for cheap CFLs caused manufacturers to cut corners? What’s the deal? Caroline E. Richmond, Va. Photo by Seth. A. Dearest Caroline, Your question is important, not only because you’re frustrated with your fritzy CFLs, but because 2012 is a turning point in the history of lightbulbs. Yes, this is the year our old friend the 100-watt incandescent is being phased out in the name of energy efficiency. Over the next two years, his pals the 75-watt, 60-watt, and 45-watt incandescents will also begin to disappear from store shelves, until we find ourselves, at the end of 2014, shivering in the dark...

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