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Old 06-21-2010, 10:45 PM
 
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I think the office stores and the best buy recycles batteries
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Old 06-22-2010, 10:35 AM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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Dang, I hate CFLs. I just hate them.
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Old 06-22-2010, 03:19 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Dang, I hate CFLs. I just hate them.
Really? I put two in my garage, and the whiteness of the light is a considerable improvement over the old incandescent bulbs...
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Old 06-22-2010, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Mid South Central TX
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Target has begun to put battery recycling drop boxes nside their stores.
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Old 06-22-2010, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Dang, I hate CFLs. I just hate them.
My spouse felt the same way at first. When we bought the home in '07 I instantly replaced every darn incandescent in the house. 18 of them. However, I did compromise and leave the incandescent bathroom bulbs over the vanity. And I hated to because those four "Type G" bulbs use 240 watts when on.

If you turned on every CFL light in my house you would only use 234 watts in total. And as I posted in another thread on "what temp do you keep your house?" our June CPS bill was $76. That includes A/C and all.......CFLs definitely make a difference.

I am waiting for LED lights to come down in price....they only use a fraction of the wattage a CFL consumes, they're brighter and don't have trace amounts of Mercury.
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Old 06-22-2010, 07:06 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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I do not dispose them. Years ago I bough quality (Phillips, Sylvania) bulbs with 7 years warranty, kept the boxes and receipts, and when I need replacement (not very often; I think I still have 2 or 3 bulbs that are older than 5 years) I bring it back to the store and get free replacement. Sylvania goes back to Lowe’s, and Bright Effects refunded what I paid for the bulbs and sent me a return UPS label to send them the defective bulbs.
I think that under the new energy law approved by Congress the incandescent light bulb will be phased off the U.S. market beginning in 2012 through 2014.

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Old 06-22-2010, 07:58 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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YES! led's! i really hope led lighting gets developed more and becomes the norm (the affordable norm). they also last much much longer than cfls (even then, they only tend to fade, not "burn out") and as hcwf said, takes a lot less energy to use and does not have the hazards cfls have.

we don't usually decorate for the holidays, but my hubby's been eying the led string lights for a while.
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Old 06-22-2010, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Medina Co., TX
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One reason for the CFL lightbulbs not lasting long is that they weren't supposed to be used with dimmer switch lights. I was told after ours went bad very quickly (we didn't know we couldn't use them in our ceiling fan light) that they would soon have CFL that could be used with the dimmer switch. Don't know if they will work right even then. But in any case, the bulbs almost never last as long as the packaging says even if used the way they are supposed to be used.
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Old 06-22-2010, 08:34 PM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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No bulb lasts as long as the packaging claims - but they know 99% of the consumers won't pay any attention, other than to gripe. As mentioned, retain the receipt and return 'em!
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Old 06-22-2010, 08:41 PM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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Really? I put two in my garage, and the whiteness of the light is a considerable improvement over the old incandescent bulbs...
I do. I hate them. I know I'm awful!! In the garage though, I will admit, I'd probably like them. But they are not nearly as warm-looking in a home. My tree-hugging sister was hot on CFLs for about 6 months and even she went back to incandescents because she didn't like the CFL light in her house. Pfffffftt!! I had to laugh about that one. I know that eventually, I will have to make a change, but for now I will just continue to love my glowing incandescents.
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