I just got 3 dozen CFL bulbs for free, and was planning on replacing all the non-downward exposed fixture lights in my home with these bulbs. In the past I haven't even considered switching to CFL because of the light temperature, but after seeing the 2700K bulbs and barely being able to tell a difference I was sold, at least for free.
I accepted the bulbs based on word-of-mouth that they are fine in enclosed fixtures, with the caveat of a "possibly reduced lifespan". But, after scouring the internet I have found everything from "bulbs under 20W are fine" to "these bulbs are NOT to be used in enclosed fixtures".
I can deal with a shorter lifespan, at least, I'm willing to give it a try. But I am ultra-paranoid about risk of fire. So, does anyone have any better advice than I've been able to find to answer the question are CFL bulbs safe (from risk of fire) in enclosed fixtures?