Popular Mechanics Compares CFLs


For those whiners who still think compact fluorescents are not good enough for them, perhaps you just don't have the right bulb, or perhaps its all in your head. Popular Mechanics Magazine tested seven CFLs against a 75 watt incandescent for the usual brightness and efficiency, but also did subjective quality testing. "Our subjective data came from a double-blind test with three PM staffers and Jesse Smith, a lighting expert from Parsons The New School for Design, in Manhattan. We put our participants in a color-neutral room and asked them to examine colorful objects, faces and reading material, then rate the bulbs’ performance."

The results were surprising; in a blind controlled test, "Even though the incandescent bulb measured slightly brighter than the equivalent CFLs, our subjects didn’t see any dramatic difference in brightness. And here was the real shocker: When it came to the overall quality of the light, all the CFLs scored higher than our incandescent control bulb. In other words, the new fluorescent bulbs aren’t just better for both your wallet and the environment, they produce better light." Read the whole thing by the light of your CFL at ::Popular Mechanics, via ::Groovy Green

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