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Pretty Good Bulb
on June 8, 2012
I bought three of these GE Energy Smart compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL's) with candelabra base to replace three 40-watt incandescent bulbs in an IKEA floor lamp. Sure, the incandescents worked fine, but they put out a lot of heat and use a ton of electricity. Three bulbs times 40 watts apiece equals 120 watts total. I replaced the bulbs with three GE candelabra bulbs at 9 watts each (27 watts total) that put out the exact same amount of light. So, 120 watts minus 27 watts equals a 93 watt energy savings. Not too shabby, in my book.
Be aware of a couple of things before you make a purchase: A) these CFL bulbs do take about thirty to forty seconds or so to "warm up" to full brightness after you turn them on, but I think it's a minor quibble in exchange for their lower cost of operation and longer life; and B) the bulbs are longer than incandescent candelabra bulbs, about 6 inches from base to tip.
The product's specs from the packaging are as follows:
2700 K color temperature;
6000 hour estimated life;
4-year warranty (guaranteed to last at least 4 years, based on 4 hours of use per day).