When the clear crystal, candelabra style light bulbs burnt out in my dining room chandelier, I replaced them with GE Energy Smart Decorative CFL light bulbs. Although GE makes one type of candelabra style decorative Compact Flourescent Lamps for chandeliers, they're too long for my small dining room chandelier, so I chose the shorter globe style of decorative CFL. I can't say that I compared brands before I bought these because my local Wal-mart didn't offer much in the way of decorative CFL light bulbs that would fit with the specific base, length, and appearance needs of my own chandelier. But I'm happy enough with the way these GE decorative light bulbs look.
I was replacing 40w clear crystal light bulbs. Although it was never stated directly, the big number 40 on the right hand corner of the packaging of the GE Energy Smart CFLs led me to believe that I was getting 40 watt equivalent of light output from these 9 watt decorative globe style bulbs, similar to what other 9 watt CFL products claim. But it's the lumens that determine the brightnesslevel of the light output, and these soft white CFL bulbs only put out 340 lumens, which is roughly equivalent to a 32 watt incandescent light bulb. I do notice that the light in the dining room is not as bright as I would like it to be, and I will probably move these decorative CFLs to bedroom end table lamps. Although I bought these light bulbs just a few months ago from Wal-mart, GE no longer makes the G18 series of 9w, 340 lumen CFLs. GE has replaced this model with the G25 series of 11w, 500 lumen CFLs, which is much closer to the 40w incandescent brightness level that I was looking for, and GE even states that clearly on the packaging with 11w = 40w.
Unlike the clear crystal, candelabra style light bulbs, the decorative CFL bulbs give off no noticeable heat, which I really appreciate when I'm working on a project at the dining room table because my chandelier hangs low. These CFL bulbs do take a moment to warm up to full brightness, which wouldn't bother me so much if the bulbs had been a little brighter in the first place, but I'm getting a lot brighter as I learn about lumens. At 9 watts apiece, the five decorative CFL bulbs only cost me 45 watts an hour in electricity, like having five light bulbs for the price of one deal that pleases me very much. GE guarantees that these decorative CFLs will last for 5 years assuming four hours of consumer use per day, or they'll replace the light bulb for free. I don't use my dining room chandelier for even an hour a day on average, so I ought to get an easy 20 years of life out of these light bulbs. But to take advantage of the limited warranty, you have to keep the store receipt and the UPC code for the next five years, and of course, I didn't think to do that.
The next time I buy CFL bulbs, I'm going to pay particular attention to the lumens. I intend to replace my clear crystal ceiling fan bulbs with CFLs next, but I want something that's closer to 100w incandescent light bulbs in the brightness level, which is about 1, 750 lumens. And I may have to shop around to find a CFL bulb that's both attractive and bright for my ceiling fans.