Compact fluorescent light bulbs were introduced just several short years ago and they were immediately touted as a revolutionary new substitute for standard bulbs, however a new study may prove that the bulbs don’t live up to the type of hype originally touted.
Bulb manufacturers have claimed since their debut that the lights last up to 10 years, however a study undertaken in California has shown that the those numbers should be cut by 33 percent.
According to the Wall Street Journal CFLs were originally said to last 9.4 years, however California’s PG&E now puts those numbers at just 6.3 years.
The study also shows that bulbs used in high traffic areas where bulbs are turned on and off more frequently, such as bathrooms and recessed lighting burn out even faster rates.
While the bulbs are still said to be more efficient than standard bulbs, California alone shells out $548 million over seven years to subsidize consumer purchases of compact fluorescent light bulbs, money that is now providing far less positive energy savings results than originally stated.
Let the class action lawsuits begin.