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Old 09-20-2010, 06:36 AM
 
Location: USA - midwest
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Maybe yours were by a better brand. Mine were by Philips.

I don't recall the brand name. But I think they're just some generics that were selling for about a dollar each, but were packed in bundles of four in that irritating heavy plastic crap that's so darn hard to pry open. I recall thinking that I'd better go for it because they wouldn't be that cheap again in the forseeable future, and they were normally selling for a lot more at that time. There was limit on each purchase - I think it was 8 per customer. I went back about four times to get enough.

Anyway, they've worked out real well in my place.
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Old 09-20-2010, 07:06 AM
 
Location: West Coast of Europe
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I don't recall the brand name. But I think they're just some generics that were selling for about a dollar each, but were packed in bundles of four in that irritating heavy plastic crap that's so darn hard to pry open. I recall thinking that I'd better go for it because they wouldn't be that cheap again in the forseeable future, and they were normally selling for a lot more at that time. There was limit on each purchase - I think it was 8 per customer. I went back about four times to get enough.

Anyway, they've worked out real well in my place.
Sounds like a traumatic unpacking experience
A dollar for such a lamp is really cheap, here they cost like $10 a lamp.

Maybe there is a design issue, I just read that in the US you have the spiral design whereas we have the long straight ones.
One can't even use a dimmer with those lamps And they emit UV light like the sun, might be a problem for people with sensitive skin.

Well, I will continue to hoard 25W conventional bulbs
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Old 09-20-2010, 07:32 AM
 
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I saw energy saving bulbs at walmart at a good price but I hear they are dangerous . Is this fiction ? Will a broken bulb harm my cats ?
Is this link true ?
Safety Tips for Energy Efficient Fluorescent Light Bulbs - Associated Content - associatedcontent.com
If you encounter a broken fluorescent bulb or tube, there are some steps you need to take. Open a window to provide ventilation for any mercury vapors. Everyone, including pets, should leave the room for at least 15 minutes. After waiting a sufficient amount of time use something disposable to sweep up glass fragments and powder: for example, some thin pieces of cardboard. Dump the debris into a plastic bag and seal it.

Also , there is no warning on the box containing the bulbs about any danger .
yes, they contain mercury and are dangerous. For pregnant mothers and babies, small children, the bulbs are extremely hazardous to their health.


YouTube - How Mercury Causes Brain Neuron Damage - Uni. of Calgary
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Old 09-20-2010, 10:36 AM
 
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I don't recall having a vote or say on this matter. Anyone else? Incandescents are safe, cheap, work perfectly well, and only replace them maybe twice yearly. If it ain't broke, don't fix it! Too many meddlers with fingers in the federal pie, especially the EPA.
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Old 09-20-2010, 10:42 AM
 
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I don't recall having a vote or say on this matter. Anyone else? Incandescents are safe, cheap, work perfectly well, and only replace them maybe twice yearly. If it ain't broke, don't fix it! Too many meddlers with fingers in the federal pie, especially the EPA.
The Lib-rules break things so that they can "fix" them.
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Old 09-20-2010, 10:44 AM
 
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The Lib-rules break things so that they can "fix" them.

I guess it lines pockets too. Think, Algore.
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Old 09-20-2010, 10:46 AM
 
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The Lib-rules break things so that they can "fix" them.
No, that would be corporate lobbies influencing govt agencies (corporatism).
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Old 09-20-2010, 10:48 AM
 
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I don't recall having a vote or say on this matter. Anyone else? Incandescents are safe, cheap, work perfectly well, and only replace them maybe twice yearly. If it ain't broke, don't fix it! Too many meddlers with fingers in the federal pie, especially the EPA.
No, we sure didn't. I'm gonna start hoarding them. I've never had one break in a short time. I shut off them off when not in use! I still have a 30 years old bulb in the linen room that works fine.

Why meddle with something that's worked for 150 years?

Most of the CFLs are humongous that won't fit some lamps as well.
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Old 09-20-2010, 10:57 AM
 
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I don't recall having a vote or say on this matter. Anyone else? Incandescents are safe, cheap, work perfectly well, and only replace them maybe twice yearly. If it ain't broke, don't fix it! Too many meddlers with fingers in the federal pie, especially the EPA.
Exactly! And this issue just angers me so much! If you drop a bulb, you are not supposed to use the vacuum cleaner as it will further spread the mercury. And what about Autistic children who cannot have mercury around them?
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Old 09-20-2010, 10:58 AM
 
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No, that would be corporate lobbies influencing govt agencies (corporatism).
Corporatist Chemical Weapons of Mass Dumbstruction, that's what!


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