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CFL Sales Plunge

It's got a lot of higher-ups shaking their heads. Despite being proven energy and money savers and getting a big government push, sales of compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) have plunged.

Sales have declined 25% nationwide from their peak in 2007 with sales in some regions diving 35-50% (here in Massachusetts!). "Based on additional data and analysis...it's apparent that the market is headed in the wrong direction," said Richard Karney of Energy Star.

What's going on? Some speculate buyers are disappointed by CFL performance. Or perhaps American consumers are resistant to change -- 90% of American light fixtures are still using traditional incandescent bulbs.

One certainly could not argue against the cost savings -- CFLs cost around $2 a bulb and last seven times as long as conventional lightbulbs. CFL makers are pushing for more incentive programs to maintain their admittedly tiny, market share.
How do you feel about the CFL bulbs?


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theory number 2

10/01/2009 09:35 AM Handyman

Early adopter bought their bulbs and since these things last seven times as long the purchase cycle is way longer.
So there will be a huge amount of sales in 2014. (that is is the bulbs last about 7 years)

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Dimmable CFL

10/01/2009 10:55 AM hubeverly

I've put in ~30 CFL's in my house and I've started replacing some just after 2 years.
I like them the most is the basement where I replaced 8x 60watt traditional lights with 100watt CFLs.. more light with less energy.
I only wish the dimmable CFL's would go down in price and work better then I would replace 13 more.

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CFLs are just okay

10/15/2009 11:11 AM bdhobbs

The prices have dropped, but I wasn't even aware until I got to the comments that there are dimmable CFLs, which was my beef.

Additionally, the full-spectrum incandescent bulbs give a warmer light that is easier on the eyes compared to fluorescent bulbs.

I wish someone would go back to the drawing board and re-invent the light bulb. Maybe this guy: http://www.angellabsllc.com/.

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