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Left in the Dark with Bright Effects

February 20, 2010

I have been ripped off for the last time.  I’ve had incandescent light bulbs last exponentially longer than Bright Effects fluorescents.  I’ve done what I can to save the world from its eminent demise from “man made” global warming one light bulb at a time.  But I’ve had it now.  I’ve wasted so much money on spirally fluorescent bulbs that burn out faster than the flame of middle schoolers in love.

I want to save energy costs.  My electric bill is outrageous. In an effort to cut my costs (since encouraging the family to turn off lights when they leave a room doesn’t work), I’ve been buying fluorescents. My basement has at least 20 can lights that use the large 65 watt flood bulbs, and practically every day when I come home from work, I find all those lights on and nobody home. My solution has been to use Bright Effects fluorescent bulbs which are supposed to last up to seven years and save me a ton of money on my energy usage. You know the pitch. I pay more for the bulb up front and save more over time.

Well, every Bright Effects bulb I’ve ever bought has not lasted a year. I’ve owned my current house for almost five years, and some of the incandescent bulbs in my basement that came with the house are still going strong. So as you can imagine, I’m a little ticked.

Am I the only one?

I’m glad to save energy. I want to do my part to protect this earth that God gave us, but even more so, I want to protect my wallet. I have not given up on fluorescent bulbs, but I know that I will never buy a Bright Effects product again. I’m giving Sylvania and GE a shot, but I’ve had my experiences with faulty Sylvania bulbs too. So if anyone out there has had better luck with fluorescents, let me know your secret.

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