Some people have commented that they’ve had bad experiences with compact fluorescents. Others have written in to say they’ve had terrific luck with them. I’m not surprised.
Like most consumer products, CFLs vary in quality…a lot. There are differences in the color of their light, brightness and the amount of time they actually last (as opposed to the amount of time they say they do) — as well as the amount of mercury they contain.
I wish I could tell you the brands that have worked best for me, but unfortunately, I haven’t kept track.
What I can say is that I am going to try the MaxLite MicroMax next. It gets high marks on both the performance front from Popular Mechanics and the mercury front from the Environmental Working Group.
If you have your own recommendations, please post them here to help everyone out.
By the way, one thing to know as far as brightness is concerned is that the non-spiral bulbs that look like incandescents tend to be dimmer than the label would indicate (because the spirals are actually inside the outer covering, dimming the light). So when you buy one of these bulbs, you might want to go with a little higher wattage.