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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If you watch your local supermarket circulars, many of which are online, incandescent bulbs frequently on sale, you can pick up 4, 100 watt bulbs for $1.
I hate them because when I turn the light on in my closet I have to go away and come back later in about 2 minutes after it has “warmed up” so I can see anything in my closet.
Waste of time. I say, “let there be light!” immediately.
The problem is mostly that the cheap Chinese manufacturers grabbed the market first and under cut every other companies pricing.
It’s all about Chinese crap.
Proper disposal almost requires a HASMAT team, and it you break one, the house has to be "evacuated?" How do the greenies get away with endorsing this crap?!
LEDs currently are very expensive, although the price will naturally come down because they are going nuts with production. Right now, we only use LEDs extensively in hospitals for lighting, because they can produce a very specific yellow light that doesn’t disrupt a sleeping patient. They also generate a lot of heat at the junction where they attach to the circuit board, which is a major point of failure.
Here’s the EPA CFL ceanup link - enjoy reading: http://www.epa.gov/mercury/spills/index.htm
Your correct about the Chinese junk. We bought a package of four for use outdoors, and two failed after a week. What a scam.
I like the bulb myself and usually they last me couple of years or more. I have not had one break on me yet.
The newer ones have better color.
They have to be on for 15 minutes or more for them to actually become economical. You’re burning more energy when you turn them on and off because in those cases, they never reach their full capacity. He believes we will eventually go with LED light bulbs.
“They have to be on for 15 minutes or more for them to actually become economical.”
Most of our lights are on for longer than that once we turn them on.
It’s 15 degrees here in west TX right now. Having my inside lights produce some heat along with light isn’t a problem to me.
Ah, but have you noticed those little pods on it?
“They cant be used in closed fixtures.”
Says who? And why?
I’ve been using a 100W-equivalent one in a closed fixture - no problems yet. I’ve got two in a closed fixture with along with a 60W incandescant - again, no problems. I’ve also got them outdoors, hanging downwards (supposedly a no-no) where they work fine (but take a little while to warm up) in temperatures well below freezing.
These bulbs have mercury in them.
Why do the enviro-weenies want us to us bulbs, that upon disposal, will put mercury into the ground and ground water?
Good old incandescents are the only way to go, IMHO.
I am always trying to talk people out of using those awful bulbs.
I was trying to find an article I read in the Ottawa citizen, by Kelly Egan, about the dangers associated with them. No luck so far. :-(
A CFL should be shielded.
Your African Violet loves the UV rays.
I have had great luck with them and enjoy the low wattage use of them.
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