I bought a total of 12 GE fluorescent helical light bulbs, model # FLE 13HT3/2/SW. These bulbs pride themselves on 8000 hrs. life and more upfront costs but in the end the benefits of buying these bulbs are significantly better value. I have now had three of these bulbs now burn out. I bought them in July or August of 2009, I do not have my receipt so I do not have the exact date of purchase. They were purchased at Sam's Club in Mentor Ohio.
If these bulbs had an 8000 hour life and if I used them 8 hours a day, they should last 1000 days of which these have not even come close to this use. I converted to the more eco friendly bulbs after using 40 watt clear bulbs which are more preferable in their quality of light but like a good investment would be more favorable in the long run.
I now have replaced these burnt out GE bulbs with Sylvania's and have retained my receipt. I am very, very disappointed with the GE's and will be writing in any and all blogs available and telling my personal story.
And to be fair I will monitor the now new Sylvania's for their quality .