Answer to: short lived CFl (6 months all over the house)CFL life is (or should be) measured in startup events, rather than by time. If you are constantly turning it on and off, it will have a much shorter lifespan. Once a CFL has started, it takes very little power to keep it going. As a general rule, if you leave a room lit by a CFL and expect to return in one hour or less, leave the light on. As Markus suggested, check the voltage level. Some utilities provide higher voltage than is really required, and that may cause appliances to fail prematurely. In the U.S., your power should be at 110 volts to 125 volts. I believe this is correct for Canada also.