I enjoy seeing what I’m looking at, particularly when I’m loading the car up in the pre-dawn hours for one of my son’s long-distance hockey games, unloading the car in the pitch black after coming home from the game, or shoveling the driveway in the dead of winter. Needless to say, my driveway’s three garage-mounted fixtures and the light pole out front need to be bright, but it seems like they’re constantly burning out. It’s annoying because it seems like I replace them at least twice a year. This time I’ve decided to run a longevity test to see how long the bulbs last and inform you of what happens.
For the garage-mounted fixtures, I’ve chosen 23W compact fluorescent bulbs, both for the 100W equivalent light and the electricity savings. I only had to replace one today, so I selected the Sylvania CFL23EL/MICRO/827 because it’s what I had in inventory. The garage fixtures are on a timer set for about 30 minutes before sunset to 30 minutes after sunrise.
For the yard light pole I’ve chosen three Phillips Energy Saver 40 decorative candles since that’s what was on the shelves at Wal-mart when I stopped by there this morning on my way to work. Again, I like the 40W equivalent light with the electrical savings the fluorescent bulb provides. The yard light pole is always on, but has a sensor to activate the light when it gets dark outside. I had the fun of replacing the sensor for the first time last summer.
I plan to update this post as the lights burn out and I replace them. Hopefully you won’t hear from me again on this issue for quite some time. Only time will tell.