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.