Skip to comments.Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs Not Worth Cost and Trouble
Posted on 12/15/2008 12:06:52 PM PST by Sammy67
NCPA: Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs Not Worth Cost and Trouble Report Says Government Should Not Force CFLs on Consumers
DALLAS (Dec. 10, 2008) - Although touted by many as the smart energy choice, compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs are not suitable for many common uses and should not be required by the government, according to a new report by the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA).
The Environmental Protection Agency states that CFLs will reduce energy use and will last longer than standard bulbs. However, NCPA Senior Fellow and report co-author Sterling Burnett argues: "For many uses, compact fluorescent bulbs may be more costly and
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My wife went crazy and put those things throughout the house. They’re supposed to last 5 years but in reality they’ve been going out after about a year. The cost benefit ratio is negative with that kind of failure rate but if Obama keeps his promise to push energy costs through the roof that may change.
I’ve found they last no longer than the incandescents. I had one catch on fire one night ... it filled the house with caustic fumes. I had everyone go out in the back yard for about half an hour. It really burned the lungs. Darned thing just burst into flames while we were at the supper table.
My husband is an electrical contractor, and he has been trying to talk his customers out of using these bulbs.
I like them but don’t want to force others to use them.
Have had two on my front porch lights for 3 years. Frequently left on over night. Winter and summer (covered area) first one burnt out last month, other one still going strong. I think they have a place. But of course not to be mandated.
They can’t be used in closed fixtures.
LED light bulbs?
Don't put CFLs in kids rooms or near any cloth item you don't mind throwing away.
Congratulations, sir, you now have the unique opportunity to become the lead plaintiff in a landmark class action effort. Please contact the Law Offices of Johnnie "two Americas" Edwards to sign the papers. /semi-sarcasm
Of course people wouldn’t be required to use these, but I’m happy to have them in certain places. We’ve had a couple that burned out much too early, but others that are used a lot are going on their third year now. Before, I was changing those bulbs constantly.
Most likely mercury vapors, bad news.
I stopped reading there. This fluorescent voodoo sounds too dangerous to have around the house.
“My husband is an electrical contractor, and he has been trying to talk his customers out of using these bulbs.”
My African violet sure loves the CF bulb I installed over it. It went from unhealthy to growing vertically towards the bulb and blooming most of the time.
I haven’t used one of these in years. The color of the light is awful.
I’m wondering where all the panic went over the old style long fluorescent tubes? Must be that they used non toxic mercury. LOL
I replaced all my bulbs with CFLs in hopes of saving money. A box of regular 40 watts vs. CFLs showed 40 wtts saved as much energy when you factor in all the unseen costs and last 1/3 less time than CFLs. My CFLs lasted about 1 yr.. Replacements from a different manufacturer showed the same range.
What was really fascinating is the amount of toxins and poisons found in 40 wtts vs. CFLs, you would think hands down the 40 wtts should be the conservationists dream. But they’re not. Makes me believe the environmental movement is not about truth or saving the planet; it’s about a cult of power and mass hysteria. Mass hysteria is going to destroy this country.
I have a lot of them in my house and my office. The only ones I’ve ever had burn out are ones I put in enclosed fixtures. Most of them aren’t made for that, or for recessed lighting. They don’t put off much heat but it doesn’t take much heat to fry the average compact fluorescent. Some handle it better than others. I have several that have worked out fine in enclosed fixtures and those I haven’t put in enclosed fixtures have lasted years.
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