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GE Lighting 85388 Energy Smart CFL 9-Watt (40-watt replacement) 430-Lumen Blunt Tip Light Bulb with Candelabra Base, 1-Pack

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The GE energy smart Blunt Tip CFLs feature a GE Spiral bulb on the inside that uses 75% less energy and lasts up to 5 times longer than incandescent Blunt Tips. GE energy smart Blunt Tips' decorative round shape is perfect for illuminating pendant and vanity fixtures.

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The GE energy smart Blunt Tip CFLs feature a GE Spiral bulb on the inside that uses 75% less energy and lasts up to 5 times longer than incandescent Blunt Tips. GE energy smart Blunt Tips' decorative round shape is perfect for illuminating pendant and vanity fixtures.

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Part Number 85388
Item Weight 3.2 ounces
Product Dimensions 4 x 2 x 8 inches
Item model number 85388
Size 1-Pack
Style Soft White Standard
Shape Oval
Power Source No
Voltage 120 volts
Wattage 9 watts
Item Package Quantity 1
Type of Bulb Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL)
Luminous Flux 430
Certification Not Applicable (N/A)
Special Features Light

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ASIN B0014XOHVU
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3.6 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #220,869 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#1,033 in Industrial & Scientific > Industrial Electrical > Lighting Components > Light Bulbs > Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
Shipping Weight 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available January 16, 2007

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I returned these because the bulbs were actually about 5 1/2" long, not the 4" stated in the description. They didn't fit in my fixtures. Too bad, because I like the look!
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I replaced 35 - 40w incadescent which equals 1400 watts on my 7 post lamps outside my house - With 28 of these bulbs which only equals 360 Watts. They are slight thicker so I could not fit the 5 in each lamp fixture - Also check the height becasue they are longer than normal torpedo shaped. But these are brighter than the 5 - 40 watt that use to be in each fixture. Great bulb and now I'm greener.
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I have a dining room fixture that uses 5 40w decorative bulbs. I've had a hard time finding good replacements. Usually they're really dim. These fit fine, although they're pretty tall. They take a minute or so to warm up, but once warm they are as bright as the 40w bulbs. 75% savings in power is nice too. Hopefully I get good life out of these.
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They look nothing like the pretty "flame" bulbs they replaced but they are using 1/4 the power and not adding excessive heat to the room. I like that part.

To the negative, these bulbs are just ugly. I was hoping they would not be as ugly as the photo, but they are even uglier "in person".

Uglier still is the black lettering all over the base of the bulb. It would have been nice if GE would have printed all that technical info on a removable sticker and left the base of the bulb clean and white but I guess that is too much to ask.

My petty ranting aside, the bulbs work well enough. They do take about a minute to come up to full brightness but that is OK with me especially if it means the bulbs will last longer coming on slowly like that. I'm hoping they will last a long time since they are not all that cheap.

I'm happy with the purchase, I just wish they were not as ugly
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This is a nice light, however, since it is intended to replace a candelabra type bulb it really should be daintier, with more resemblance to a candle flame. This is probably beyond the technology at the moment but it could be a goal? Also, the light has more yellow content than a comparable incandescent bulb making it a bit softer than I would prefer.

Longevity is the most important quality of these bulbs as they are expensive. I have not had them in use long enough to evaluate their service life, so I will attempt to update this at a later date.

P.S. (1/30/2014) All 4 bulbs that I originally installed are still working. They are "on" all night every night and are mounted bottoms down in enclosed fixtures! The fixtures are designed for two smaller candelabra bulbs, but we are using these bulbs singly in each fixture. They look really nice!

P.S. (7/30/2015) All four are still on all night every night, and all 4 are still working!

P.S. (5/15/2016) One of the four bulbs finally burned out this week. We still like them so we reordered!
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Works well and is just as bright out brighter than the incandescent, but it's huge. I uploaded a picture of it next to the one it replaced so you can week just how big it is.
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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:

9 watts;
430 lumens;
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).
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If you're buying this size bulb, chances are you need it for a candelabra of floor lamp of sorts.

Bottom line: These are longer than all the other brands. I've used various other brands in my floor overhead sofa lamp - you know, the kind with 5 long stems that are nearly ceiling height and hang over a sofa or whatnot.

Anyway, these don't fit - they are simply too long. Lots of other brands do. I imagine these wouldn't fit in all sorts of candelabra type lamps. They are really just too long.
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