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Full Spectrum Solutions BlueMax Compact Fluorescent Lights

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Pros: Environmentaly friendly, nice quality light

Cons: Not enough sizes, not recommended for reccessed fixtures

This company has a LEED factory and makes CFL's that use amalgam technology.  Most consumers will complain about the slow start but that is because they do not use liquid mercury.  All of the lamps in the retail stores use liquid mercury.  You get what you pay for!  Highest Green Mark you can get.  If you are and Eco nut this is the one.

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Pros: Compact Fluorescent energy savings

Cons: Not reliable and company won't stand behind its products

I purchased many bulbs to save on the shipping costs.  The 60 watt equivalents are ok but do not give near the 10,000 hour service life advertised.  The first two 75 watt equivalents lasted between 2 and 2.5 years.  The next 75 watt equivalent bulb lasted about 2 weeks or far less than 200 hours.  When I contacted the company their response was that I should have checked the bulb out immediately and since more than 2 years had passed since the purchase date they could do nothing.  Because none of the bulbs lasted near the rated service life and the last bulb was good for less than 1/50th of the service life, these bulbs are quite expensive and not what was paid for.  Add a Company that won't stand behind their product and they should be steered clear of.  Ott bulbs in the same fixture lasted for more than five years and I unscientifically believe were closer to direct sunlight.

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Pros: saves energy

Cons: slow to light, color temp incorrect, unrealistic CRI

Paid an arm and leg for these supposedly high CRI CLFs in both flood types and A shaped types.  What a mistake.  It takes more than a full minute to come on.   Thus, quick lighting application like dark hallways is not even possible as it comes on after passing through the hallway mostly in the dark.  It's not good for the office either because it make humming noise like a factory floor.  The "daylight" advertising is mostly a scam because the actual light when measured against daylight is actually much closer to blue than natural light at noon time.  Color temperature was supposed to be around 5500K but it was over 6500K.  In the closet, the only place I can use it, my socks look like a right color match to my pants.  However, under a bright sunlight I am wearing dark brown socks with charcoal gray pants.  I thought these were supposed to have high CRI????

Mostly though, its the price of these outrageously expensive bulbs that negate any kind of energy saving possibility.  They cost more than thee times what a fine incandescent bulbs would cost and payback period from the energy savings for that kind of idiotic investment would take more than 10 years to recoup. 

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Pros: Good, crisp light...eventually

Cons: Too bright at full power, takes too long

I got one as a free gift, the enclosed indoor CFL.  I already use a different brand of CFL everywhere else in my house, and they are on the dim side, but I don't need much light at night.  In fact, the only reason I turn on lights is to find something I'm looking for or if I'm in the bathroom or kitchen.  This is where the problem is, I first put it in my office and if I need to find something in there, I would have to turn on the light, then walk away and do something else for a little while, then come back after the bulb is fully bright.  It's not just dim, I can barely tell that it is on sometimes.  When it is fully bright, it is almost too bright.  I guess it could come in handy if I was sewing at night, but it kind of gives me a headache, and my fiance actually stopped using the light at all and just started lighting candles.

 

It is now in my laundry room, because I ran out of my other lightbulbs and this was the only one I had left.  To give some perspective:  I can turn on the switch, move the clothes from the washer to dryer, add a new load to the washer, start both and the light is still too dim for my taste.  I'm sure it is extremely eco-friendly, but it kind of defeats the purpose if I have to leave the light running for a minute before I can use it.  In my opinion there are some better options and I would never purchase one of these.

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Pros: bright, well-protected

Cons: white light, hums, not immediately bright

Huddler hooked me up with one of these bulbs as an Action Team member.  I got the one pictured furthest to the right, which has an ovular dome surrounding the bulb.  They normally cost around $11-14.

 

One issue with this bulb is that it often takes 10-15 seconds to reach full brightness.  I've heard that this is sometimes the case with CFLs, but all the ones I've previously used are bright almost immediately.  Another odd feature is that this bulb has an audible hum.  That's a feature you normally expect from an LED, which have fans to keep them cool, but not normal for a CFL.  It's not loud, but it is audible.  And finally, the light from the bulb is quite white, kind of reminiscent of fluorescent tubes.  It's a bit on the harsh side, but you get used to it.  Maybe I'm just used to bulbs with warmer light.

 

One nice feature about this bulb is the dome around it.  This is probably to diffuse the light around the room, but I think it would also keep the filament from breaking if you dropped it.  Some people are concerned about the mercury contained in CFLs, and this is one good solution for that fear.  And it's about the same size as a standard spiral CFL.

 

So overall it's an okay bulb.  Not my favorite, and I wouldn't pay $12 for it.

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Pros: Energy efficient, Light That matches daylight, High quality CFLs

I installed 6 of the BlueMax 16w R20 flood lights from Full Spectrum Solutions in my living room. I cannot believe the beautiful light output these bulbs produce. I'm going to be switching the rest of the house over as soon as possible. I placed a phone order and the staff was courteous plus very informative. I recommend Full Spectrum Solutions to anyone out there looking for high quality CFLs.

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I purchased a dozen of Full Spectrum Solutions CFLs; I put them in the most frequestly used fixtures in my home; not only is the color and clarity of the light produced by these bulb amazing; but I've also save about $15-$20 per month on my electric bill since installing them The bulbs are all going strong even in a fixture that I was replacing an incandescent bulb in almost monthly! I recently purchased a BlueMax 42w reading lamp from Full Spectrum Solutions and am absolutely delighted with this product too.

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Our office recently installed full spectrum solutions lighting, and wow what a difference it made! The brightness of the light really keeps everyone up and alert rather than our older flouresent lights that seemed to wash everything out. Also I found out how Full Spectrum Solutions is the leading innovator of energy-efficient ligting. Its a win-win!

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Pros: Excellent color and light output compared to other CFLs

Cons: Would be nice if they offered globe style lamps

I have been using Full Spectrum Solutions products throughout my home for over three years.  Most of the original CFLs that I purchased are still running strong today.  The bright white color keeps the house looking vibrant even at night.  A year or so ago we placed our home up for sale and the realtor suggested we switch them out for warmer lamps, it was horrible and even the kids were complaining so we quickly switched back to the BlueMax lamps.  We also own one of their torchieres in the living room and a floor lamp in the home office.  I highly recommend Full Spectrum Solutions products both for the energy saving aspects as well as the quality of light output.

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Pros: bright lighting, energy-effificent, manufactured with an eco-friendly state of mind

Cons: A bit pricey - but their ENERGY STAR APPROVED

I've been using Full Spectrum Solutions lighting since 2007 and haven't stopped since. Their BlueMax Compact Fluorescent Bulbs is the first lighting product tried from this company. The BlueMax CFLs are bright white lighting and are great for the home. They come in Spiral, A-series, floods, and Par's. I only purchased the spiral and A-series and love them. My home lighting is all white lighting and will never go back to dim yellow lighting. I can really see the difference and it has reduced my utility bill!!! These light bulbs are also ENERGY STAR APPROVED - so energy consumption isn't much of a concern for these bulbs. They also have other products for homes. I'm planning to review all of them!

Full Spectrum Solutions BlueMax Compact Fluorescent Lights
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Full Spectrum Solutions BlueMax™ High Definition Compact Fluorescent Bulbs last up to 10 times longer than incandescent lamps and come with a two-year warranty. The patented system allows unlimited installation options with reliable start and operation temperatures from 0°F - 120° F. Using BlueMax™ CFLs is a great way to save on energy consumption. Each installed unit can cut utility cost on average of $75 per installed unit. All BlueMax™ CFLs are flicker-free starting and silent when turned on and is ENERGY START APPROVED. For safety issues, BlueMax™ CFLs are filled with amalgam to prevent mercury release due to breakage.

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Energy Star QualificationYes
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Average Life Hours10,000
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