We’ve been replacing most of our regular light bulbs with Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFL’s). Last weekend I purchased a box of six 19 watt CFL’s (I didn’t actually pay attention to the box and had no idea they were equivalent to 75W regular bulbs). I wanted to replace the five regular bulbs in our dining room light fixture with CFL’s because we spend some much time in there eating meals.
Here’s the problem. I was replacing 60 watt bulbs with these “75 watt” CFL’s and couldn’t believe how bright they were. In fact, they were so bright I felt like my vision would be damaged if I looked at the bulbs too long. So I pulled them down and tried them in a large fixture over the kitchen island figuring we need more light in the kitchen. Again, far too bright and very unpleasant.
I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ll have to use these bulbs in the garage or basement where I really need lots of light. So for all those folks out there that think CFL’s don’t really put out much light let me tell you that the 19 watt Sylvania Soft White bulbs that I purchased pack a serious about of light in them!