I Will Never Settle for Fluorescent Light Bulbs Again

I have never been able to abide fluorescent light bulbs and the horrible flickery blue light they emit.  I unequivocally hate them, mainly because I specify paint colors every day.  Fluorescents can ruin your perfect wall color – it’s that simple.  And now there’s simply no reason to settle anymore.

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I told you about discovering Cree LED lightbulbs last spring, and I’ve been telling everyone who will listen to change out their horrid fluorescents with Cree LEDS.  Then I found out something even more exciting a few weeks ago – Cree has developed an even better bulb that looks even more like a traditional incandescent light bulb than the ones I’ve used already. They even sent me one of their new bulbs so I could see for myself.

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I’m banning the corkscrew!  There will be no more of this hideous sight when you look up at your overhead light or ceiling fan:

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The bulbs light instantly, are dimmable without buzzing, and emit a warm, omnidirectional light using just a fraction of the energy of a traditional incandescent while lasting about 25 times longer. As Cree’s website says, “its non-weird shape emits a non-weird light.” Hee-hee.

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Cree LED’s durable, plastic exterior is resistant to breaking like the old incandescent bulb, too. The best news? They are now available for as low as $7.97 per bulb!!!  I can say with confidence, if you try one of these Cree LED bulbs, you will never go back to fluorescent corkscrew bulbs again. It’ll save you money, hassle, and migraine headaches.  If you’d like to try a Cree LED for free:

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If you are in the Nashville area, make sure to mark your calendars for two big events coming up next week.  The King’s Chapel Parade of Homes in Franklin, TN, where I am decorating a Christmas tree for auction to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, is December 6-21 with an exclusive Blogger Meet-Up on Dec 3.

 

Also, A Vintage Affair at Haven Farm takes place Dec  6 & 7 in Mt. Juliet, where you’ll find upscale vintage and vintage-inspired wares by some amazing vendors. Oh yeah, I’ll be there, too! I am curating a collection of vintage and modern decor items with the emphasis on COLOR and conversation – interesting items with a touch of whimsy, sure to evoke conversations and random smiling in your home.

 

Thank you to Cree for sponsoring this post.  Your bulbs have made my life so much prettier.

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Diana Taylor
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Diana Taylor

I have been looking for these! Heard great things about them!

Jackie
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Jackie

I cant wait to try these bulbs. I cant stand the blue color of other fluorescents (extra horrible on string X-mas lights!) and lamp shades never fit the dreaded cork screw. Hoping I win some, but if not, I will buy for sure. Thanks.

Elayne
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Elayne

These are intriguing. Thanks for telling us about them!

Laura @ The Turquoise Home
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I received one of these at a conference this summer and I agree that they are wonderful! I need to buy more!

Dede Jackson
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Dede Jackson

Now these I love!!!

Lex
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Lex

I’m extremely sensitive to the colors in lighting and have tried numerous new bulbs on the market only to be disappointed. Often, there is a strange pinkish hue to the light the new bulbs put off. My old standby is the incandescent GE Reveal bulbs and that’s what I compare others against. But I sure would like to be more green! Has anyone compared these to the light from GE Reveals?

Ann
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Ann

Thank goodness for this lightbulb. I am ordering some today and telling everyone about them!

Shelby
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Shelby

I found these at Home Depot two months ago and LOVE them! I agree – ban the corkscrew!

Kirstin M.
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Kirstin M.

Fluorescent lighting is a thorn in my side when I’m trying to apply makeup, the light is unflattering! Also, in my office at work, fluorescent lighting can make my eyes tired. 🙁

Mary S
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Mary S

We just replaced over 50 can lights in our house with the LED trim kits. Now we need to work on our other bulbs!

Krista P.
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Krista P.

I am ready to ditch those CFLs too. I will consider these as I find you always give excellent advice.

Judy
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Judy

I fully agree with your article about fluorescent lighting! As a fellow home stager, using fluorescent light bulbs is the equivalent of a cake baker using canned frosting. It ruins all your hard work!

Rosalyn Reich
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Rosalyn Reich

I really hate fluorescent light bulbs! Hope I win so I can try out the new Cree light bulbs, they are just what I have been looking for.

Paula Van Hoogen
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Paula Van Hoogen

The statement about migraines is EXACTLY correct! We changed out from regular flourescents to daylight corrected bulbs years ago (before these wonderful sounding Cree lights) because on of my husband’s typesetters had constant migraines. After the change–no more headaches whatsoever!
This is the BEST news ever, Kristie, as NOTHING looks good under the wrong lighting!
I’m about to pass this along to the lady I’m working with!
Thanks, for this Great Information!

Pam C
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Pam C

I refused to buy those corkscrew light bulbs. They presented more problems than they supposedly prevented. So glad there is an alternative choice now.

Pam
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Pam

I have found that t’s not only the fluorescents (ugh) that impact the looks of your wall colors, but also the “warm” bulbs/incandescents also have their own influence on how the colors are seen. My question to you is, do the CREE bulbs allow the true colors of the walls, upholstery etc to be seen?

Margaret
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Margaret

They’re even worse when people use them for their outside lighting.

They are blinding while driving at night.

Kari
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Kari

I am thrilled. I always look for “warm” light and I’m disappointed by the CFL’s version of warm light. I strive to be eco-friendly, but want my house to be cozy! It sounds like Cree will do this! Yay!

Nancy K.
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Nancy K.

Can’t wait to try these! Thanks for the information.

Ursula
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Ursula

Swirly bulbs are evil! I’m surprised they’ve lasted this long. I remember when hotels switched over, it ruined all the effort put into the decor

The rapid improvements and price reductions of LED’s are a testament to their superiority. Thanks for the heads up on the latest upgrade.

Mary
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Mary

I am so eager to try the Cree LED bulbs after reading about them here and in several other places. Next trip to Home Depot, I’m loading up!!!! Thanks for your giveaway!

Beth
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Thanks for the info. Excellent news!

Kristin Fitzgerald
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Good to know! Thanks for sharing!

Nicooe
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Nicooe

The best of all worlds – an energy saver & a beautiful light!! Thanks so much for letters by us know about them.

Mary
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Mary

Kristi, does Cree make a 3 way lightbulb? I really miss those, my last one just died. aAso, how about a bulb that is at least 100 watts?

Katie K
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Katie K

I have been buying the fluorescent bulbs knowing they are supposed to be cooler and last longer than the old school bulbs. My experience with them is they are expensive, hard to find in the “color” I like, some have burnt out within a month or so which is just crazy, and they are pretty ugly. I would love to try these bulbs! Thanks for the recommendation!

Cheryl B
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Cheryl B

I wholeheartedly agree with you! They are one of my pet peeves and I just dread it when 1 of my incandescents burns out and I have to put in one of those ugly corkscrew bulbs.

Lisa
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Lisa

You stated they are 7.95 but I am finding them to be 14.00 per bulb. Can you please share where you can get for 7.95?

Karen
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Karen

Hi Kristie! Love, love, love this post. Question: I’m wanting to purchase some West Elm Moroccan Glass Pendants for our living room but I’m not clear if I can use cree light bulbs in these? They are exposed glass and West Elm sells edison style bulbs in either 13W CFL bulb or a 60W, separately . How would these type of exposed glass pendants look in a living room in terms of the actual light they cast? Can you add dimmers to them? Will the incandescent bulbs be phased out and not available at some point? Which of the two… Read more »

Karen
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Karen

WOW! You are amazing!!! Can’t believe you were able to reply so quick! THANK YOU.