Over a year ago I complained that our new torchiere lamp couldn’t hold two compact florescent lights at once, forcing us to always keep one standard incandescent light bulb in place.  Last week the latest incandescent bulb burned out after just over a month’s worth of use (as it’s our primary light source in the living room). While removing the dead bulb I noticed that the two sockets in the lamp were mounted to a long, rectangular piece of metal that was bent at an angle at each end. By bending the metal piece and less severe angles, I was able to all make enough room for two CFLs to both be screwed in at the same time. This brought the lights closer to the inside of the shade, but being CFLs they generate less heat and should be much less of a risk for damaging the shade or being a fire hazard.  Also, now neither bulb can be seen over the top of the shade from anywhere in the room.

We still can’t place a 150-watt equivalent CFL in the lamp (it was designed for two 150w incandescent bulbs), and instead have only two 100w CFLs now.  While 100w equivalent CFLs have gotten a little bit smaller in recent years, and 60w equivalent CFLs have gotten conciderably smaller (even smaller than incandescent bulbs), 150w equivalent CFLs are still HUGE.  Check out the pictures below to see what I mean.

A 60w equivalent CFL and a 60w incandescent bulb, and a A 100w equivalent CFL and a 100w incandescent bulb:

60-watt equivalent CFL and 60-watt incandescent bulbA 100w equivalent CFL and a 100w incandescent bulb

150-watt equivalent CFL and 150-watt incandescent bulb:
150-watt equivalent CFL and 150-watt incandescent bulb

I wonder if there’s actually a technological limitation being hit here, or if the demand for 150w equivalent CFLs is just so low that no company is bothering to try to make them smaller.