Cheap compact fluorescent light bulbs

Visit the DTE site to calulate energy savings with CFLs

If you’ve ever wanted to replace your most-often used lightbulbs with CFLs  now’s the time to do it: DTE has paired up with lots of SE Michigan retailers (Meijer, WalMart, Best Buy, Home Depot, and others) to offer CFLs in 60 and 75 watt equivalents for $1 each. You can get instant-on “natural white” ones, which do, indeed, come on at full strength immediately, but the light is pretty harsh and blue. Or you can get the “soft white” ones, which have light much like an incandescent bulb, but they take a minute or two to warm up.

These bulbs are usually $4 each, so this is quite a deal. The 60 watt equivalents are tiny – small enough to fit in all our lamps and the fixture over the stove, and I’m pretty happy with the quality of the “soft white” light.



  1. Kate Springfield said,

    April 15, 2010 at 9:40 am

    As Emily’s Lighting Designer cousin- when you purchase retrofit CFL’s please look on the package for two key pieces on information. First your color temperature should be 2700K- 3000K if you want it to appear like an incandescent light bulb. Secondly there is something called CRI which is how well a light source renders all colors. A rating of 80 out of a hundred is the minimum you want. While they can be more expensive Phillips, GE and Osram Sylvania should always have this information on it’s packaging.

    Oh and in 5 years when they do die out, please look into recycling them, Home Depot does it for free.

    • Emily said,

      April 15, 2010 at 9:43 am

      Yippee! Thanks for that information. I’ve always wondered how on earth to tell if a bulb would look good or give that nasty blue grocery-store light. Now I know what to look for.

      (P.S. Our living room needs serious lighting design help…you game?)

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