I am on a mission to find only top quality CFL bulbs that won’t disappoint. (Update 9/08: Mission accomplished; see my CFL Review here)
Why? There are a lot of really bad CFLs out there. This is probably why most of my friends and family who aren’t quite as, um, obsessive as I about this kind of thing have given it a good try, but been sorely disappointed.
So I am still on a mission, and will report back in a while, but until then, I did find one site that lists a number of different bulbs with honest assesments, and actually has CFL reviews by real people.
To my surprise, the site is Environmental Defense Fund (home of one of my heroes, Fred Krupp, who was part of the amazing deal last year to get TXU to call off building coal plants). At first, I thought these were all recommended bulbs, but it’s more of a “buyer beware” situation, and I don’t think they actually sell them.
There’s also a great buyer’s guide for CFL bulbs you should check out.
Anyway, until I actually see each of the bulbs I recommend in person, this is a good source for dimmable CFL reviews (hint: most of them are not so good), as well as other specialty bulbs.
So read the reviews carefully before buying. More hands-on CFL reviews to come…
Update: 9/8/08 — I have searched long and hard, tested and found a number of CFL bulbs I confidently recommend.