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Old 06-09-2011, 09:56 AM
 
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I didn't read all the responses but I hope folks realize that CFL bulbs POLLUTE the planet with mercury. There actually one of the worst hazards waiting to happen !! Also did you guys read about what happens if a CFL bulb breaks in your home ??


If you all want safe eco bulbs that will last a LIFETIME you have to buy LED lights.
Thank You
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Old 06-09-2011, 10:04 AM
 
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I don't buy the "LED's last forever" argument. Sure, the LED itself might have a very, very long lifespan, but what about the cheap made-in-china electronics behind it. Just like with CF, when the cheap electronics go, the whole unit is done.
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Old 06-09-2011, 02:32 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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LEDs don't last forever. Just look at all the traffic signals you see with inoperative segments.
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Old 06-09-2011, 04:41 PM
 
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LEDs don't last forever. Just look at all the traffic signals you see with inoperative segments.
Yeah, I forgot about those. I think I read something about some shady company selling them junk lights during the "energy crisis" a few years ago.
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Old 06-10-2011, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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Oh my! We have CFLs throughout the house and in all outside fixtures as well. That's strictly by choice because where we live, guvmint stays out of our business. We like it that way. We're not stupid and at our ages, don't need mommy/daddy interference. Sorry about you left coasters!
Amen! Besides . . .

Flourescents havemercury ~ that's why the landfill does not want them! They are a pain in the butt to get rid of because "they" don't want them in regular garbage. So I don't see where they are necessarily a better alternative. And they are crap bulbs if you want brightness. So I purchased bags full of the CFLs last year.

It isn't all or nothing with me. I choose where I want to be "green" and bulbs are not one of them.
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Old 06-10-2011, 06:22 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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Yeah, I forgot about those. I think I read something about some shady company selling them junk lights during the "energy crisis" a few years ago.
It's most likely the junky Sino electronics failing as you pointed out before, but no matter what part fails, it still means inop LEDs.
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Old 06-11-2011, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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Default Hallelujah!

FINALLY found a CFL bulb in a local store that's DIMMABLE. I have our outside lights on those sockets that turn them on at dusk and can now use CFL's. $16 and they supposedly last for 6 years. Big improvement.
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Old 06-11-2011, 12:19 PM
 
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FINALLY found a CFL bulb in a local store that's DIMMABLE. I have our outside lights on those sockets that turn them on at dusk and can now use CFL's. $16 and they supposedly last for 6 years. Big improvement.
I have some dimmable CFL upright lamps but they're not dimmable like an incandescent bulb would be. Instead, they require a brief (and bright) surge at full power to get them going, then they're dimmable to maybe 1/2 brightness. Undervolting them as a traditional dimmable fixture would not light them below a certain level and would shorten their life.

Last edited by EscapeCalifornia; 06-11-2011 at 12:43 PM.. Reason: typo
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Old 06-11-2011, 12:38 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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Yeah, I don't know of any CFLs that are made to be dimmed with a resistive dimmer like those noisyassed spectrum blasting socket dimmer things eureka1 is talking about.
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Old 06-12-2011, 05:43 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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My partner changed the light bulb in the hallway from compact fluorescent to a 75 watt incandescent. Of course he did this while I was at work.

So when I got home, I said "I'm glad they're banning these light bulbs, they use way too much power" and he said "you're an enviro-fascist; the CF wasn't bright enough".

Well if wanting to save the earth makes me an enviro-fascist then so be it.

I'm glad California is leading the way in cutting greenhouse gas emissions!
It isn't just Ca in case you didn't know: either way, give me a break...maybe we should all go back to using candles, that would help a lot, no fans or air conditioning either, and let's cook on wood stoves instead of using electricity or gas.

I am glad you want to save the world, someone has too. I am sure you are making a huge difference. If you aren't doing anything else you are blowing your own whistle.

Nita
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