Compact fluorescent bulbs left me cold


Ok –so I finally purchased a whack of CFB’s (compact fluorescent bulbs). Brought them home and excitedly screwed them into all my lamps.

Humm …

It’s institutional in here now!!!

I know, I know –this is painful for me really as I have such a desire to do the right thing and I know that traditional light bulbs are energy hogs. However, there has to be a way to make the alternative a little less shocking on the cold, institutional glow factor. I should have expected this as the first thing that struck me about Cuba when I visited was the nighttime landscape exposed under the cold glare of countless fluorescent bulbs tacked or dangling from poles and porches –everywhere. I thought; who would ever want to sit under those lights?! Then; as I glimpsed the insides of these homes, more fluorescent lights glared back at me –exposing the occupants, caught under a flood of cold blue light. It really struck me as an uncomfortable vision.

Maybe it’s cultural and my mental connections with fluorescent images are of institutions and unpleasant situations depicted on the nightly news or in film. Maybe it’s because I am a woman as suggested in a Washington Post article I read here.

Whatever it is –I really don’t think I could live indoors with such a cold atmosphere. I believe it would severely affect my mood. It’s so all encompassing; the light we live in, and a drastic switch from warm one to a cool or downright cold light, must have psychological implications. So, I thought to myself could it really be that difficult to make a CFB with a warm glow to match that of our energy hogging tungsten light bulbs?

I found my answer here on this nice lady’s blog called: simply Green. Apparently the bulb of my energy efficient dreams is: GE’s Energy Smart DIMMABLE CFL

Apparently there are bulbs made to mimic the light of our traditional bulbs. Now why wouldn’t that be standard. I don’t know anyone who would prefer the cold light of fluorescent to the warm light of our traditional bulbs. It’s a shame because many people will not research such a thing and will spend money on a load of cold light CFB’s and then not try again. This is the real shame here.

I will try again –I am determined to do what I can and I am so happy to have found some warmth in the end.

11 Responses to “Compact fluorescent bulbs left me cold”

  1. Comment by Sylvia Mulholland — June 27, 2007 @ 9:38 am

    Everytime we use those light bulbs they burn out between 4 days and 3 weeks….they are so expensive and only last a few hours…the regular light bulbs last so much longer and cost so much less.

  2. Comment by 21st Century Girl — July 2, 2007 @ 3:33 pm

    Hi Sylvia -thank-you for your comment -I shall look into this!

  3. Comment by schmooopiee — July 9, 2007 @ 2:55 pm

    we use CFB’s in our house..and i don’t find it gloomy at all. Perhaps it depends on the colour of your room?

    We got nice warm colours on our walls..so it is still very cozy with the CFBs.

    I have also noticed that a few of my bulbs burnt out quickly..but the rest are okie..I think its justs the brand..or the ones I picked were duds.

  4. Comment by 21st Century Girl — July 10, 2007 @ 4:51 pm

    Hi Schmoopiee -perhaps you have the warmer bulbs that I found -I’ve noticed they do make a large difference. Also -room colour does count when you are using the “cool/cold” CFB’s.

  5. Comment by Rita — August 13, 2008 @ 12:37 pm

    I just bought some of those CFL light bulbs and they work great. They are really saving me a lot of money and they last so long. I like how small they are too.

  6. Comment by 21st Century Girl — August 13, 2008 @ 5:54 pm

    Your are right. I am totally used to them now and -they do last forever. I think it just took a bit of adjustment and a different brand. I love ‘em.

  7. Comment by 21st Century Girl — December 20, 2008 @ 11:55 am

    Update -I am now completely used to my mew bulbs and honestly can’t notice any major difference anymore. I suppose it was just an adjustment. I am happy that it was possible and that I am now feeling great about how they look and function.

  8. Comment by Lyndsey — March 13, 2009 @ 11:08 am

    Did you have any luck with the dimmable bulbs? I tried philips ones, and they flickered and randomly turned themselves off and on.

    The rest of the CFLs I’m doing ok with – except for one light fixture that just doesn’t seem to want to light up with CFLs.

  9. Comment by zoe — March 16, 2009 @ 2:51 pm

    Thank you so much for this post! I just re-did bathroom and had to use fluorescent light fixture. (Originally room had incandescent.) The ghoulish light is making me crazy! Will purchase one of the “warm” bulbs thru one of the links above.

  10. Comment by 21st Century Girl — March 16, 2009 @ 3:12 pm

    Thank you Lyndsey and Zoe. Lyndsey -I haven’t tried the dimmable bulbs. I have heard that they also use more power so I stay away from them, but I am now used to the warmer bulbs that I have in my home. I do think for the sensitive, they all take getting used to and some bulbs are better than others. Once you find one that you can enjoy the light from, you’re set. They really do last a long, long time and I can’t any longer tell the difference!

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