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  •  You have a point about lumens, less so about rest. (0+ / 0-)

    You don't have to change all of your lights.  In fact, I kept some incandescent bulbs (stairs, closets) when I switched many bulbs to CFLs.  Now, I've switched my highest use, highest wattage fixture to dimmable LED.  It was impossible to find a dimmable CFL to fit that tiny 'chandelier base' fixture, but the LEDs are beautiful and brighter than the incandescents they replaced.

    As far as your comment on bulb lifetime, some makers are a lot better than others.  This is also true for LED bulbs, so look at reviews and e.g. Consumer Reports ratings.  Some locations (high humidity or cold or both) also hurt CFL lifetimes badly.  You should not take your own single bad experience with CFLs and extrapolate it to LEDs.

    The first line of your last paragraph, however, makes me think you're holding out for a tame unicorn to deliver the LED bulbs to you wrapped with a bow.  That may not happen...  :)  But you could switch a few bulbs in higher-use non-plant areas, if any exist in your home, to give LED bulbs a try.

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