Lightbulb Wars Review: Sylvania Living Spaces CFL

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Light Bulb: Sylvania Living Spaces
Price: $10.76 for two bulbs at Amazon
Household Use: General Reading Lamp
Light Appearance: Warm, 2700k
Incandescent It Replaces: 60-watt equivalent
Overall Rating: Recommend*

The Sylvania Living Spaces 13 Watt compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) markets itself with the tag line: "Cozy, Comfortable Lighting." I was delighted to find that it is indeed a contrast to the cold, harsh, clinical light that is normally associated with fluorescent bulbs.

The Test

Control Bulb: 40-watt GE Reveal incandescent
Primary Use: Dining Room, Ambient Lighting
Time of Day Tested: 8:00 p.m.

How It Performed: This is my first experience using a CFL in my home and my initial impression is quite favorable. The traditional incandescent bulb that it replaces was selected to provide a soft light but one that was bright enough to comfortably see while writing or doing other projects at the dining room table. This bulb serves that purpose very well.

The information on the box suggests that unlike other CFLs which are only suitable for areas such as closets, basements and garages, this bulb emits a warm and comfortable light that can be used in the main areas of the house. I found this to be true. While the light that it provides is distinctly whiter than the yellow glow of the incandescent bulb, the effect is still cozy and relaxing.

The claim that the bulb is "instant-on" is also true although I have found that it does take a while to gear up to full brightness. That being said, the only small complaint that I have is with the brightness level. Considering that it is meant to replace a 60 watt bulb, the Sylvania Living Spaces CFL could be a bit brighter. While I am satisfied with it overall, I would not use it in my home office where I use a 60 watt bulb, rather than the 40 watt I was replacing in the corner of the dining room.

More Facts About This Light Bulb

Dimmable? yes
Brightness: 800 lumens
Estimated Yearly Energy Cost: $0.48
Life: 11 years
Energy Used: 13 watts

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