Need CFL advice
Hi everybody -
I have replaced incandescent bulbs with CFLs in our lamps. I'm finding that though they say "equivalent to 60 watts" they are not nearly as bright. If a fixture/lamp says it takes a maximum of a 60 watt bulb, can I use a CFL that is "equivalent" to 75 watts in it? Or does someone know of some *bright* CFLs? I do look at the lumens but this seems to be meaningless.
Can I put a CFL in lamp that takes 3-way bulbs? Or that has a high/low switch?
Also, I thought these things were supposed to last for years, but ours are burning out quite quickly (within a year.) Our wiring is old - could this be a factor?
I have not replaced all the bulbs in our ceiling fixtures because many are on dimmers. I have been trying to find good dimmable CFLs, but they all make buzzing noises.
I have looked at a few sites online that have dimmable bulbs, outdoor bulbs, etc. but the prices are astronomical, and I have no idea what the quality might be.
What have you found that is working?