compact fluorescent lightbulbs for an exterior floodlight
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Exterior Floodlight

Encased in wide, reflective, weatherproof casings, CFL floodlights provide a nicely diffused downward illumination out on your deck or patio. Still, avoid using them with motion detectors—the often frequent switching between on and off will shorten the bulbs' life. Philips' Marathon Classic 65, about $28.99 for 6,

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