Light Bulbs

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by thomas44, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. thomas44

    thomas44 New Member

    Mar 16, 2008
    Yeah, I're thinking "thomas, that's a stupid topic for a thread". Well, not really ! You see, the geniuses in D.C., in an attempt to save the American people from the evil incandescent light bulb, have apparently made these wicked devices illegal as part of the 2008 Energy Bill. I thought to myself "okay, I'll start stocking up and be okay for a couple years before I have to switch over to the CFLs". But walking through my local Wal-Mart the other day, I swung by the light bulb aisle and dang if the shelf that used to contain the store-brand incandescents wasn't completely empty ! I haven't checked other stores, but it might be something to start keeping an eye on and stock up on these while you have the chance. I'm so glad Washington is saving us from ourselves !
  2. pickenup

    pickenup Active Member

    Not a stupid topic at all. At least not to me. Thanks for the heads up. Going to have to check around to see if I can find some.
    I do NOT like these new "half bright" bulbs. :mad:

  3. RunningOnMT

    RunningOnMT New Member

    Nov 19, 2008
    Akron, Ohio
    It's ironic seeing this post right now. I was just at the store tonight and bought a few incandescents to begin my stockpiling. My plan is to basically stock up enough to last the rest of my life. i have made this suggestion to others as well. A couple cases in a two diffferent wattages ought to do it for me.

    Besides the poorer light quality they are a health and environmental hazard. The legislation mandating them was simply idiotic... and all for greater efficiency? As if light bulbs consume that much energy. I wonder why the environmentalists aren't raising hell about this?
  4. lb969

    lb969 New Member

    Mar 1, 2008
    I've embraced the new CFLs. They're nice, last a ton longer than regular bulbs, don't generate half the heat, use 1/3 the energy.

    And if they aren't bright enough, get a higher wattage.

    How is it an enviromental hazard?

    Or even a health one? Every modern office building and some homes use tubular fluorescent lights. They're cheaper and more efficient than incandescent.

    Consider this: A 100 watt equivelant CFL bulb uses anywhere between 23 and 30 watts if its energy star compliant. That's a 70 watt reduction needed for equivalent candlepower.

    Something to chew on. There are 110 million households in the US. If every household were to replace one 60 watt incandecent with a CFL, you could power 1.5 million homes for a year! The savings on energy production reduces greenhouse emissions by 1.3 million cars not being driven!

    Enough energy to shut down 2 coal burning power plants.

    Imagine a 30KW (30,000 watts) wind turbine. Whereas it could only power 300 of the 100W incandescent bulbs, it can power 1000 of the 30 watt CFL bulbs, and produce the same amount of light.

    How many sockets does your house have? Go count them. I bet you'll be astonished how many there really are.

    A $3 CFL pays for itself in about half a year. After 6 months you've saved more than 3 dollars on your electric bill. But the bulb should last for at least 5 years.
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2009
  5. RunningOnMT

    RunningOnMT New Member

    Nov 19, 2008
    Akron, Ohio
    Statistics can be deceiving. Correct me if I'm wrong but your calculation of the energy savings with the replacement of a single CFR in every household with the net result of powering 1.5 million American homes for a year is questionable. Are you sure you don't mean it could provide energy for 1.5 million homes with that same single CFR for a year?

    You also stated "And if they aren't bright enough, get a higher wattage." But were your figures not based on the wattage CFR which supposedly replaces an incandescent with equivalent candle power? If you used a higher wattage bulb have you not lost some of your energy gain?

    Finally this:


    Bright, cool-burning fluorescent lamps are commonly used in both industry and offices. Chances are, you have them now. However, fluorescent tubes contain mercury and lead, which are hazardous materials. When you remove old fluorescent lamps, there are specific rules about how to handle and dispose of them, because they are double trouble:They pose a serious environmental hazard the mercury can leach out of landfills and poison both the soil and drinking water.They are also a health hazard workers can be exposed to dangerous mercury fumes and lead powder whenever fluorescent lights are broken. Mercury exposure poses many serious health risks, including permanent nerve and kidney damage.
  6. 94z07

    94z07 New Member

    Feb 28, 2009
    There's a lot of steps for cleaning up a broken CFL for something that is not supposed to be a hazzard.

  7. TranterUK

    TranterUK Guest

    The old bulbs are getting harder to find. I know of one guy went out and bought 100 of the 100 watt ones saying that should last him a few years.

    I dont really see the point, but like his style. Anyway, aren't there a new generation of LED bulbs around the corner?
  8. pinecone70

    pinecone70 Active Member

    Jul 30, 2008
    Minnesota Gal!
    This is something I didn't want to see. The CFLs are not the greatest in my opinion, but not a dang one of them is made in the United States. They are mostly made in China. I am willing to bet that Americans will not go out of their way to send CFLs to a recycling center and will toss them in their garbage. The mercury content in CFL bulbs is astonishing, the sea kittens are already full of mercury so we'll surely all go mad.

    If I can't get my incandescents stocked up, I will either go without or buy LEDs, which are being made brighter already. This issue makes me angry.
  9. 358 winchester

    358 winchester *TFF Admin Staff*

    Apr 25, 2004
    Pensacola Fl. area
    And I thought that if I bought enough ear candles I would be just Fine. :D
  10. Craiglylesa1

    Craiglylesa1 New Member

    Jan 25, 2009
    Goose Creek, Sc
    i have 2 fixture in my house that i cant use them in. the glass piece is too shallow for 'em, so looks like i have to replace them.i m not worried about the clean up hazzard, im just sick of being told that something i have used my whole life is outlawed, because the new model is more efficeient or better? which usually it isnt and WHATS NEXT? looks like no more GM but enjoy your honda, toyota , what ever. Maybe it is me..............................used to be easy to filter the bull, remember the hole in the ozone? the killer bees swarming us all by 2000, y2K? Im tired of this alarmist , reactionary weakness. it aint us, and it aint me..
  11. LurpyGeek

    LurpyGeek Active Member

    Nov 30, 2005
    You can get LED bulbs right now, but they're not really a good replacement for normal light bulbs. Better for directional lights like reading lamps. I'm sure they'll get better and better.
  12. 4EvrLearning

    4EvrLearning New Member

    Feb 27, 2009
    Left Coast
    rofl 358.... too funny! You'll be a hit at parties, for sure! :)
  13. jacksonco

    jacksonco New Member

    HMMmmm I wonder if that will mean that if a character in a cartoon gets an idea that a flourescent bulb will be displayed over the characters head?
  14. Crpdeth

    Crpdeth Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2002
    Location location
    I am currently living in an apartment, but I do not plan to be here too long, which brings up an interesting thought.

    Well, first of all I don't mind the new bulbs... I work in the glaring sun most days and just like it dark and cool in here, so the added dimness is not a bother. But what happens when I move out... The new bulbs are expensive, so I'm sure not leaving them here, especially when I bought a 5 year bulb and it's only a year old, and so on. I am sure all the other renters will feel the same...

    Wonder what the apartment managers will do when they can't clean and paint or even show a unit without replacing all the bulbs.

  15. Actually, on this issue I have to side with the use of the newer florescent CFL lights. We've pretty much converted to their use around our house, not because of any desire to go "green" or be more politically correct, but because they are so much more efficient and last so much longer. I got tired of replacing incandescent bulbs in certain places around our house every few weeks. :rolleyes: I must say, however, that it ticks me off the government seems to be mandating them. Just one more example of our paternalistic liberal friends in Washington. :mad:
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