Dear Allie: Where can I purchase inexpensive CFLs?

Posted on September 18, 2007 by Allie

In comments, Doris Turner asked:

I am looking for 100 bulbs to award families at our elementary school for signing a pledge to take plastics and paper to the recycle center. Where can I buy them inexpensively?

What a great idea! I love the pledge and the award of a CFL to encourage families to go green.

Various big box stores have great sales on CFLs, and Home Depot even had a CFL giveaway a few months back. Call around to your local stores to see what their prices are. Ask to speak to a manager, and explain the situation. Since it’s for such a good cause, it’s possible that they’ll give you a discount or even offer to donate the bulbs as a sponsor of the award.

Or consider ordering from They offer reduced prices for buying in bulk.

Does anyone else have a good suggestion for Doris? Where do you buy your CFL bulbs?

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  1. I have no idea if this type of thing is happening nationwide, but my Costco has been partnering with the local power company to provide _enormous_ discounts on CFL “starter packs”. The starter packs come with 2-3 60W replacements, 2-3 100W replacements, and a single relector flood replacement — for about $9.

    That’s an incredible discount as I keep seeing 1 or 2 CFL bulbs on sale for $12 or more in grocery stores and even Home Depot or Lowe’s.

    October 2nd, 2007 at 8:30 pm
    Comment by HedonismBot

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