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Old 10-12-2016, 01:26 PM
 
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We were switching all of our incandescent bulbs with CFLs. However, my issue with CFLs is that they contain mercury. I also know LEDs also have nasty stuff in them, too. At this point, I really don't know which way to go.


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Where did you hear that LEDs have nasty stuff in them?
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Old 10-12-2016, 01:32 PM
 
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LED light bulbs do not contain mercury, many do contain other hazardous substances such as lead and arsenic. Despite this, most communities do not require you to recycle LEDs
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Old 10-12-2016, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I still find 100W Sylvania/GE incandescent on sale at Dollar Stores in California (which as ridiculously strict codes btw) so I find a bit hard to believe nobody else can buy them elsewhere.
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Old 10-12-2016, 01:47 PM
 
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they are still available but supply is limited . manufacturer's had to stop making them years ago . at this point we have none left and we are one of the largest electrical distributers in ny . we can still get some of the more expensive 100w rough service lamps but our suppliers are pretty much out ..
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Old 10-12-2016, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Venus
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Where did you hear that LEDs have nasty stuff in them?
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LED light bulbs do not contain mercury, many do contain other hazardous substances such as lead and arsenic. Despite this, most communities do not require you to recycle LEDs

http://www.electronicstakeback.com/2...-incandescent/


Granted, that article is 3 years old. Don't know if bulbs have been improved since that time.



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Old 10-12-2016, 02:41 PM
 
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Yes still using them and I love them :-)
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Old 10-12-2016, 03:07 PM
 
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I'm saving them for my granddaughter's Easybake oven! It is now being used by the 3rd generation of the family! If I'm lucky it will last another one or two.
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Old 10-12-2016, 03:18 PM
 
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A few points:

All of you blaming Al Gore for the demise of incandescent bulbs, I got bad news for you - it was W that signed the bill (Energy Independence and Security Act) in 2007 which was part of his Twenty in Ten (reduce energy consumption by 20% in 10 years) challenge. In any case, it shouldn't be a partisan thing. IMHO, using less energy while paying less for bulbs over the long term makes sense.

Incandescent bulbs are perfectly legal to manufacture and sell with the proviso that they meet the new energy efficiency standards which required a minimum of a 28% decrease in energy use in 40-100 watt bulbs by 2014. Few bulb manufacturers wanted to invest in the technology needed to meet the standards but they are out there. GE has a 75W bulb that uses only 53 watts of power but they cost about $2 each - more than CFL's and not much less than LEDs - with the same short life as the previous incandescent bulbs.

As for the nasty stuff in LED bulbs - yes it's there. But the white LEDs we use have the least amount of lead, copper, and arsenic in them. The mercury in fluorescent bulbs is a bigger concern because they have a much shorter life than LEDs - one might replace a fluorescent 3-4 times as often as an LED.
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Old 10-12-2016, 03:38 PM
 
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as far as i know the ge 53 watt lamp IS NOT incandescent though . it is a halogen lamp.
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Old 10-12-2016, 03:55 PM
 
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I'm saving them for my granddaughter's Easybake oven! It is now being used by the 3rd generation of the family! If I'm lucky it will last another one or two.
Me too... plus we use light bulbs to keep the baby chicks warm.

Here is a link to a Made In USA incandescent light bulb manufacturer...

http://www.aerolights.com/index.html

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