did you also notice that some of those parts are a little underrated for their purpose in those bulbs? and that production and disposal of these light is not nearly as ecological as with normal incandescents? that all of them have something like "max 50°C" indicated on them and ALL exceed that temperature in about 15 minutes?....
so i am really glad that you make them a little more usefull. ;-)
Yes, true. It seems however that large CFl bulbs (+15W) actualy save a lot more, as do large fluorescent tubes (electronics are seperate and control large amounts of lamps). This means:
1. If you want to install "savings", go for CFL bulbs of at least 15W - 20W, or try fluor tubes with seperate electronics.
2. the production, disposal and demolition of small
CFl bulbs (7W, 5W,...), each with electronics, is probably overshoot like you said. Each lamp costs as much as a 20W one, yet has 3 to 4 times less energysavings in consumption!
For small wattage while still saving, LED's
are the better technology or if light quality is important, go for 12V HIR (high efficiency) halogen. As a matter of fact, bulby compact fluorescents already
are being questioned in pure economic