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Re: Inexpensive light bulbs
> I thought ALL bulbs should be replaced after a year, inexpensive or not.
> It's what I've always read anyway.
I've read that too, and I don't think it's true anymore. GE "Sunshine"
bulbs do seem to lose light intensity and start lighting erratically
after about a year, but that isn't always the case. I had some Philips
Ultralume and Advantage X bulbs that lasted ~5 years in near continuous
use before they got noticeably dimmer than a new "Sunshine" lamp in
side-by-side comparisons. They started failing to light at about that
So I think the replacement schedule is something that varies with the
lamp. I would hope that more expensive bulbs last consistently longer
than cheap bulbs when they're used in the same way, but that might not
be the case.