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They're application dependant.
Tue Mar 1, 2011 08:47

If you are using it in an area where it is switched frequently and only on for brief periods it will burn out at about the same or just slightly longer time than incandescent bulbs. Also, extreme cold or heat where it is can affect its performance. If the outlet wiring or enclosure is faulty/substandard it can also cause them to have shorter lifespans.

I've had bad luck with the ones I used in recessed lighting locations. Only about 1 year life. But in my laundry room I put one in when they first came out and it's still going.

The price on CFL have also come down to just above what incandescents used to be priced at (before the stores started selling them at closeout prices). Now, LED is still very expensive, but also very efficient and good life span.

Or the shorter way to say it is, on average, you'll do better with CFLs, but the thing about average is that some units are below average.

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