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Scary CFLs
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hugh_mannity From: hugh_mannity Date: July 23rd, 2012 06:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've not had that problem -- a little discoloration, nothing more.

The problem I've had is that they burn out just as quickly as the old incandescent ones. Sometime more so.

I've also had several that were DOA -- nothing, right out of the box.
perspicuity From: perspicuity Date: July 23rd, 2012 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
i've had that problem. i think part of it might be lightning or power surges.

the other part is that active circuitry to make these things work... unlike a light bulb, which is very simple, and tend to be pretty rugged and long lasting. i'm not convinced the circuitry can handle certain environments well (cold/hot, damp/wet, outdoors)...

supposedly the bulbs are guaranteed, but you have to send them back/etc as your cost, get credits, buy more... kinda whacked if you ask me. i should be able to return them to my store, and have them deal.

LED lights... i'm probably going to invest in LED stuff shortly for "new house". i see that home despot has their generic LEDs for like $10? i might have to buy a couple that are "extra bright", esp for the garage.

unixronin From: unixronin Date: July 23rd, 2012 10:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had a previous one fail quite dramatically (open flame, hole melted in the side of the ballast housing), and reported it to Sylvania primarily to find out how to send it back to them for failure analysis.  They sent me back a near-replacement ("warm white", but serviceable for outdoor use), but still didn't give me a way to send back the failed bulb back until I explicitly asked them about how to send it to them, "since I assume you'll be wanting to do a failure analysis."

So, a few weeks later, I get a note back from them saying, "We found that an internal component failed."

Well, DUH!  I could have told YOU that without opening the housing.
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