Has anyone else been fooled by CFL claims?
Just curious to see if anyone else realizes that CFL's are not the big money saver that we are led to believe they are. I paid 4.69 (5.09 with tax) for a GE 60 watt equivalent (11 watts) bulb promising "lasts 5 years". After just a little over 6 months with the bulb burning on average 6 hours per day, it burned out. Yes, I returned it to GE at the cost of $3.51 to mail it back and received a coupon for a free replacement. So now I'm up to $8.60 on the CFL.
GE 4 pack 60 watt incandescants are regularly on sale in my local drug store for 99 cents, making them 28 cents each with tax.
After doing the math, the CFL used 1.93 in power over 6 months compared to $10.54 for the incandesants (2 bulbs used and second one still working).
Savings with CFL = $0.57 cents (less than 10 cents on each of the 6 months electric bill)....not very impressive!