Re: Burning Through A Lot of Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
Here's a rather long article about CFLs and LED replacements for incandescent lamps. It's written by an Australian who really wants to like CFLs, but admits that there are lot of problems with them.
A couple of probable causes for your problems: CFLs will have dramatically shorter life if used in enclosed fixtures. They like to be kept cool. If you have dirty power, that will lso shorten the life of CFLs.
Years ago I worked on a farm. The shop and the house were on the same transformer. Between the 5HP air compressor and the welder in the shop which caused lights to flicker, incandescent and regular fluorescent lamps in both the house and the shop exhibited a short service life. This was before CFLs became popular, but I'm sure that they would suffer as well.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.