Compact Florescent Lifespan
July 10, 2008 7:51 AM Subscribe
My family's been wanting to upgrade to compact florescent for years, but we've always found they burn out quickly thanks to our flaky power surges. Would dimmable bulbs be helpful, or is there some sort of inexpensive power conditioning that can be added to light sockets?
posted by mccarty.tim to home & garden (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My family tries to be environmentally friendly, but we've yet to completely switch over to compact florescents. This is because our most used rooms, like the kitchen and the living room, have a lot of power surges on their circuits, thanks to things like the air conditioner and refrigerator coming on, and possibly surges from the power company itself. For our electronics, we use surge protectors, and they definitely extend the life of those items. Is there a way I can add this to a lightbulb socket without much work?
Also, our local hardware store has finally started carrying dimable lights. This is a boon to us, because the contractor who built our house seemed to love dimmers. However, I'm wondering if because dimmable lights are made to tolerate voltage changes, can they also handle a few quick power surges/brown outs? Would we be smarter to get dimmable lights for our regular sockets than trying to deal with power conditioning?
Also, we're worried about hiring an electrician, as we don't have much money free at the moment. There is probably something not quite right with the wiring in the house, but it seems to only hurt kitchen appliances not on surge protectors and florescent bulbs.
PS: We tend to stick to big brands, like Sylvania and Philips. The cheap ones seem to die way faster.