I was curious to know if any of you have tried the “new” energy efficient light bulbs? We bought a bunch of them a few years ago when they were all those spiral-y ugly ones. I couldn’t stand the way they looked. They hung way outside the shades and globes and we have 3 ceiling fans in our house and quite frankly, they look horrible. I guess if you couldn’t see them it was okay. I do think now they make them “regular” looking.
What I found with those was they were way more expensive and they really didn’t last a whole lot longer than the regular ones. Now mind you, this was quite a few years ago.
SKL gave me the suggestion to talk about this and I know Amber has written about it. My brother is also a huge fan of these but he has different ones than the ones I had. I’ve also seen this discussed on other blogs but wanted your opinions.
I guess it was about a year ago and my husband got some of the “newer” and “better” bulbs but I hated them really bad. They were so long to warm up that it took minutes for you to be able to see in a dark room. When I turn on a light, I want it to come right on. It drove me crazy in the kitchen so I took them out. In the living room it doesn’t really bother me but I do hate the color of them. They seem so harsh. I get headaches if they are on for a long period of time. I’ve gotten so that I don’t even turn them on most of the time.
Other than my personal distaste for these light bulbs I’ve been reading on what to do with them when they break or burn out and it really kind of scares me. I think about the people now who don’t recycle and what are they going to do with these light bulbs that are very dangerous if broken? What about them laying in trash heaps and dumps or worse yet, buried. Yes, I know people who bury things that they don’t want anymore. Remember, I live out in the country where a lot of people burn a lot of things they shouldn’t be.
So where do you all stand on this? Have they maybe gotten better since I tried them last? My brother (who has remained kind of quiet lately) swears by the ones he got. If they worked and did last longer I wouldn’t mind the extra money just to save on the environment but in my case, they didn’t last longer and I hated the minute or so warm up time.
What about you all? What do you think and what do you use?