U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Economics > Frugal Living
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 01-29-2009, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
11,402 posts, read 11,129,149 times
Reputation: 12277

Advertisements

Someone mentioned just throwing bulbs in the garbage, is there a light fixture/lamp store in your area?

Around here there is a light fixture store that does commercial as well as private and they will take old bulbs, all kinds, doesn't hurt to ask.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 02-01-2009, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Way up high
14,072 posts, read 20,221,007 times
Reputation: 14320
I have them all over my house including all my can lighting-tons. I think they are bright enough. Yes, there is some warm up time but then its like the sun!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-01-2009, 01:26 PM
 
27,052 posts, read 38,310,511 times
Reputation: 34998
I've talked about this before.

I have tried these and removed them. The advertised lumens do not match incandescent bulbs. i.e. a CFL "150 watt" is simply not as bright as an incandescent of the same "wattage". I found I had trouble reading and experienced eye strain because of it. I refuse to go blind for the cause.

I am in the process of stocking up on incandescent bulbs so when the forced changeover comes I won't care. If the manufacturers ever decide to stop lying about the brightness of their bulbs and actually produce bulbs that emit enough light to read by I will replace all lights in my house. Until then, I will pass.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-01-2009, 11:00 PM
 
27,903 posts, read 33,542,357 times
Reputation: 4016
You have to do the math. They use approximately 1/5 the power as an incandescent. If CFL's bother your eyes move on. If not visit here for calculating possible savings. Your HVAC system accounts for a large portion of your bill than lighting but the best approach is attacking your power bill from every angle. HVAC system account for 50-70% or more of your power bill. http://www.energystar.gov/ia/partner...oads/bulb.html

BTW I have had my CFL's now for over (most) over 4 years (one or two) for <year.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-02-2009, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Miller Place NY
1,051 posts, read 2,592,020 times
Reputation: 116
If these are the "spiral" light bulbs, my wife got some for our living room, and I thought it was nighttime in ATTICA ! UP AGAINST THE WALL !

I disliked them so much, I not only took them out and changed them to the traditional, allegedly, energy sucking kind, I HID THEM !

All that was missing were the guard towers and the bed checks !

These were also, supposed, to help your disposition and moods, but all I could get out of them was paranoia and the desire to spread myself for a Search !
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-02-2009, 11:09 AM
 
27,903 posts, read 33,542,357 times
Reputation: 4016
Yeah if you need instant bright CFL's or spirals are not for you. The mood is changed by the color of the blight rated in kelvin.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-02-2009, 01:02 PM
 
63 posts, read 245,446 times
Reputation: 43
Just use a mixture. CFLs go great in places that need to be lit for extended amounts of time, whereas incandescents work great in places where you need instant light (like bathrooms and closets) for a short amount of time.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-02-2009, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Miller Place NY
1,051 posts, read 2,592,020 times
Reputation: 116
Quote:
Originally Posted by BigJon3475 View Post
Yeah if you need instant bright CFL's or spirals are not for you. The mood is changed by the color of the blight rated in kelvin.
There has to be studies in prisons, of the effect of this lighting.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-02-2009, 01:49 PM
 
27,903 posts, read 33,542,357 times
Reputation: 4016
No they are quite bright which is very clear if you use something other than the 7/9/13 watt bulbs. I have never had a problem and in areas where I need more light a 23/27/32 watt can go in it's place. Talk about bright and you can control the color. Seems like a win win to me but to each his own.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-02-2009, 02:46 PM
 
290 posts, read 1,060,111 times
Reputation: 82
Quote:
Originally Posted by multics View Post
Just use a mixture. CFLs go great in places that need to be lit for extended amounts of time, whereas incandescents work great in places where you need instant light (like bathrooms and closets) for a short amount of time.
this is exactly what we're doing. A combination makes sense.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Economics > Frugal Living
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top