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GE 13-Watt Energy SmartTM - 8 Pack - 60 watt replacement
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- Pack of 8 Twist Medium Screw Base Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb
- 1 CFL Lasts as Long as 8 Incandescent Bulbs
- Energy Star qualified
- Save hundreds of dollars a year by switching to these energy saving bulbs Use up to 75% less energy
- Elecronic Flicker-Free Starting
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|Color Temperature||2700 Kelvin||5000 Kelvin||2700 Kelvin||Information not provided|
|Item Package Weight||1.2 pounds||0.55 pounds||1.2 pounds||0.65 pounds|
|Light Source||Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL)||Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL)||CFL||CFL|
|Wattage||13 Watts||14 Watts||23 Watts||13 Watts|
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These are just your basic CFLs, at the 2700 kelvin temperature range. That means they're about the same shade as your basic ordinary 60W incandescent bulb. A pale yellow white, not pure white (5100 Kelvin), or daylight (around 6300 Kelvin).
Pure white or daylight CFLS cost more because the phosphors in them are more expensive, but they do have the advantage of being more natural light, rather than imitating the poor quality light of an ordinary light bulb.
So if you're thinking of upgrading to CFLs these bulbs are a great deal to start from. But do take advantage of the technology & get a higher quality light at a higher color temperature for some of your areas, & enjoy better quality light, rather than just using CFLs that imitate the poor quality light of old fashioned light bulbs.
Winter depression can be triggered by lack of natural light because of less hours of daylight, & more cloudy, overcast days in winters. In northern climates when it's cold, people stay inside more, use heavy insulating window curtains, further reducing their exposure to natural light. 5100K-6700k CFLs help with winter depression by exposing you to more natural light. Colors look more rich & vivid. Things look more cheery. It's even easier to read under natural light.
I find I can read just as easy under a 4-watt 5100k CFL than a 13 watt 2700k CFL.
The backlight in your LCD display that you're probably reading this from is probably a 5100k-6700K bulb.
Look at the white areas on the screen & then look at your lighting in the room. Doesn't that ordinary light bulb or 2700K CFL look a lot more yellow by comparison?
1. Kelvin temperature (K): The only accurate measurement for the kind of light or "color" of light you'll get. 2700K is pretty close to the "warm" incandescent we are all used to, 4100/4200K is known as "Cool White" (you might look "ghostly under that) and 5,000+ is the daylight/sunlight. If the lamps do not have the K designation, do not buy them - they are the cheaper variety since establishing the K temp. costs more.
2. Lamp Life (Hrs): The life of a light bulb is the MEAN life, that is at the stated hours HALF of them will be dead and HALF of them will still be working. Life can be affected by many factors, one being how many times a day you turn them on and how long they stay on. As a rule, the more on/off's, the less they last.
3. Initial lumens: If it is not listed try another brand. For the typical 60W equivalent it ranges between 700 and 900 lumens. Try for 800+ In general the highest the K temp. (see #1 above) the higher the lumens.
4. Make sure you read what they say about DIMMERS, as well as photocells, timers, etc. Avoid costly surprises.
5. Make sure they are rated for outdoor use - if that's where you want to install them. The environment's temperature has a lot to do with the CFL performance.
6. Buy as few as you can first and redo, say one room. See how YOU like it (allow 90 seconds warm-up time). If you are a male, have your female with you...she might have some objections you can't even think about!
My personal experience with these bulbs is as follows:
- the light they produce - yellow, not very bright is more or less on par with what you get of a 60W incandescent, maybe a little less than a traditional 60W.
- they do save energy for as long as they last - given their short lifespan in my basement, not sure if they pay for themselves
- quality seems to be an issue - 5 out of 8 burned out before 2 years - all 8 subjected to about the same conditions (they all go on/off at the same time
- the claim of 8000 hours or 5 years life expectancy is clearly way off-base - perhaps GE should make their test data available
- the Amazon price at the time I am writing this review is competitive with what I saw at my shopping club.
This may come close to comparing apples to oranges but I must say that I am very happy with the Feit Electric ESL40TN/D 42-Watt Compact Fluorescent High-Wattage Bulb, Daylight of which I am using 2 in the same basement, in my 'office' area and I bought 2 more a few months ago for the study.Read more ›
CFL bulbs also put out much less heat than IC bulbs reducing the heat load in a home in summer. High wattage IC bulbs can actually burn you if touched or cause a fire if they stay in contact with lightweight flammable material.
However, CFL bulbs are more expensive, so it will take a while to recover the few dollars more that you pay for a multipack with your savings in electricity (and then start saving real money).
And there are some other considerations:
1. These GE CFL bulbs do NOT last five years in normal household use as GE claims, so their long-term cost advantage over IC bulbs is not as great as advertised, especially if you already have a supply of spare IC bulbs to use up. The five years is a dubious GE advertising claim which is apparently based on assumptions about intermittent usage rate (hours on per day), amount of on/off cycles, good fixture ventilation, and steady voltage (which all affect bulb life).
I have bought a few packages of spiral GE CFL bulbs over the last few years, and at least half of them have burned out - well before the five year claim.
UPDATE 3/2015: I have been keeping accurate records of the life of one set of 12 GE CFL bulbs that I purchased in December of 2013, by writing the install dates on the bases. After 15 months of use, eight of the 12 bulbs that I bought have failed. They were being used in a five-bulb ceiling fixture. They were in the base-up position inside glass enclosures, but had air circulation at the bottom.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fast shipping, and working product! I just love it! You can connect to wireless key boards and mouses and HDMI ports if am=vailable and make your own SMART TV!
I love these bulbs as my standard indoor lighting solution. They provide a warm, bright, attractive light for a fraction of the cost of LED bulbs or power usage of incandescent... Read morePublished 10 hours ago by Dooan Moanimg
Great light. Use these everywhere. Seems like a lot of bulbs, but I've been using them.Published 1 day ago by Michael Westerfield
There is a serious problem with these bulbs. Several have blown out in only a few months.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Addict
These are amazing. Use much less energy to obtain the same amount of light as an incandescent bulb.
I hope these last as I hate climbing up on ladder to change bulbs. Read more
I have used this product before. I was sure it was just hype but these bulbs last for a very long time.Published 3 days ago by GENE