Every CFL I've had states 5 year warranty and I'm lucky if they last over 1 year. They are liars. My savings is totally burnt up by having to buy more bulbs.
In my experience there seems to be a difference between the cheap CFLs and the name brand CFLs (Philips, Sylvania, etc). I moved to name brands because they warm up in a few seconds even in my garage and so far only replace 1 that was nearly 9years old.
The cheap ones I got from HD (ecosmart), had a few that lasted only about a year, but when I called up to complain/ask about the warranty, they sent me a HD giftcard for the amount it would cost to replace them. So if you've had lots of failures, try a name brand bulb and see how it works for you.
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