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Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Posted by eemilla on July 7, 2009

The current (almost over) Change the World Wednesday challenge is to replace at least one incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent bulb.  I can pat myself on the back with this one as when we rented we changed the bulbs, and in our second place we actually left them for the next tenants.  Last year or so we reduced most of our fixtures down to one bulb (e.g., the bathroom vanity lights and the ceiling fans) as we really didn’t need all the excess light.  Over the several years we’ve been using them we have replaced (due to burning out) less than five; I do have a complaint: in the winter our outdoor lights take several minutes to warm up to full luminescence.  However, their operating cost and environmental benefits well out weigh this complaint.  Just a note that all fluorescent bulbs contain mercury so take care when disposing.  In our area, the local fire departments will accept fluorescent bulbs, and I believe Home Depot will do the same nationwide.

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6 Responses to “Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs”

  1. forthrightfattie said

    We have CFLs in our bedroom lamps and will put them in our other fixtures as soon as the light bulbs burn out. I’m amazed we’ve never had to change the ones in our lamps–we’ve had them for several years.

  2. Beth said

    Thanks for the tip about where to dispose of the compact fluorescent bulbs. We have just recently started using them and are generally happy with them except for the fact that all of ours take a while to get bright, even in the warm weather.

  3. John Goodman said

    Re: your concern about CFL bulbs and Mercury.

    In August, Clear-Lite, an environmental friendly lighting company, will introduce its Green ArmorLite bulb, which helps prevent Mercury from spreading if or when the light bulb breaks.

    The ArmorLite bulb appears like a standard store bought incandescent bulb. In fact, it is a CFL bulb hidden inside an incandescent light bulb. A silicon, unbreakable balloon-like skin is wrapped around the outer light bulb so if it breaks, the Mercury will be contained.

    The silicon skin safeguards Mercury contamination, by not allowing the vapor to permeate the air, an ever-present threat when a regular CFL breaks. Also, its silicon skin not only prevents Mercury contamination, but avoids glass splintering when the bulb breaks.

    The Armor Lite bulb is so breakthrough it will be featured in the Sept. issue of Popular Science Magazine. It’s suggested retail price is $7.99.

    More information aboutthe ArmorLite bulb is at: http://www.clear-lite.net

    john goodman

  4. MJR said

    I have been testing CFL bulbs to old ones in a multi-light configuration over the sink. The CFL bulbs don’t seem to last nay longer than the old ones. In most cases, the CFLs last less – just cost more.

  5. eemilla said

    I just had to replace the bulb over the stove; the bulb is at least three years old and possibly as old as five years. It is one of the most used lights in our house.

  6. Rosemary said

    MJR – perhaps you should check out if the light fitting is faulty. Often multi light tracks do develop problems over time, and if they are delivering voltage spikes or something similar they may be frying your bulbs.

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