Dimmable Compact Fluorescent (CFL) Review
In an effort to reduce our huge electric bill I've been experimenting with different CFL light bulbs. The biggest problem we've had is that they start off at about 1/2 brightness and then gradually get to full brightness after a few minutes, very annoying. Then I tried the new dimmable CFLs, mainly in our kitchen where we have recessed lighting and six R30 bulbs. I replaced them with GE 15W R30 Dimmable Floods and they do the same thing, they take a few minutes to achieve full brightness so it's impossible to set the dimming until they are warmed up. Then the dimming lets you dim to about 1/2 brightness, not a full range like a regular bulb. Also they stay the same exact whiteness at any light level so they don't have the warmth and ambience of regular bulbs when dimmed. The last thing is the glare is horrible. They protrude about 1/2" further than regular bulbs from the cans and give a very direct glare. The nice thing about the new CFLs is they are starting to put them in normal bulb glass so the curly light sits inside a glass bulb. To us this is important because you can see the bulbs in many of our lights.
Has anyone had better experience with these than me?