Rated 2.1 out of 5Â by 14
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Thad Dims OK with correctly adjusted CFL dimmer.
I have had 5 of these in a dining room fixture for only a day. I followed the instructions with the special CFL dimmer model TGCL-153PH-WH from Home Depot by switching it "On" with the slider all of the way down, then adjusting a small control on it to the lowest light level where the bulbs stay on and turn on when the switch is moved from off to on. Then I put the cover plate on the dimmer. I like the even spread of light in the room and almost no shadows. These are not harsh, bright white. Reading at the table is better than with the previous 5 60 watt incandescent bulbs and standard dimmer. I can't rate the quality accurately until they have been in use for a while. I hope they last.
February 4, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5Â by dayoldduck Nine years? Not even nine MONTHS
- Uses less energy than comparable bulbs
- As the other reviewers have mentioned, this bulb is NOT dimmable.
- takes time to warm up; despite being "60W" equivalent, the room is a LOT darker than when we used 50W halogens
- one bulb has burnt out already after less than 6 months. It claims 9 years of use at 3 hrs/day...so even if I used it 9 hours/day, it should last 3 years. The cost savings from the electricity isn't worth new bulbs every four months.
March 29, 2011
Rated 1 out of 5Â by Henderson Hardly Dims
I used these bulbs with a dimmer switch compatible with dimmable florescent bulbs and when I tried to dim them, I could hardly notice any dimming at all. And when I took the dimmer switch down about half way, the light went OFF! So I tested the dimmer switch with conventional bulbs, and it worked just fine,
so clearly the bulbs are not very dimmable at all !!!!
February 12, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5Â by smbinla Light was not warm, bulbs barely dimmed, requires CFL Dimmer as well.
I was very disappointed with these bulbs. In an effort to conserve energy I purchased these relatively expensive bulbs as replacement for my incadescents. My fixture holds two bulbs, and only one was being replaced so I was able to compare my 60 watt incadescent with this new CFL. The light was much whiter from the CFL, not producing the warm golden hue I like at nighttime. After reading other reviews I now realize that I need to replace the dimmer as well to accomodate the CFL. So my two minute bulb switch has now resulted in an electrical project. Home Depot should alert and educate the consumer at the store. The bulb packaging says "Dimmable". Who knew that you need a special switch.
April 18, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by chorting Dimmable, but only with a CFL dimmer
This is what I learned after several trips to the store and a lot of online reading: Just because the bulb is CFL and dimmable, doesn't mean you now have a dimmable fixture. You also have to install a new CFL-compatible dimmer switch. If you're like me and had a fan/light combo switch, you're out of luck because no one currently makes one that is CFL-compatible. If you're just doing a simple light fixture, there are several available, but you have to make SURE it has the "spiral bulb" image on it, or otherwise says it's CFL-compatible.
January 31, 2012