For the last few years I’d used incandescent light bulbs in my outside lamp post. They would burn out every month, like clockwork. The light was on about eight hours every day. It was highly annoying to replace a bulb every month. I wanted to look into a compact fluorescent light bulb.
I have since gone to the wonderful world of CFL bulbs. I replaced an old incandescent bulb with a CFL bulb during the last week of November in 2008. As I’m typing this in March of 2013 the CFL bulb is still working. That is over 4 years working instead of having to replace a bulb every month. This one CFL bulb has replaced over 50 incandescent bulbs! That’s pretty cool, but I haven’t even gotten into the energy I’ve saved.
EnergyStar.gov claims that CFLs “will save about $30 over its lifetime and pay for itself in about 6 months. It uses 75 percent less energy and lasts about 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb.” I’m a believer. I’ve replaced all of my old incandescent bulbs in the house with CFLs now. If you haven’t already replaced your old bulbs with CFL bulbs, I would urge you to do so. You will be conserving energy, saving money and saving time of having to replace bulbs.