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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In a residential application lighting is really a very small amount of electricity use. Major users are your refrigerator, furnace (heating and cooling) fans, air conditioning, water heaters. New televisions like large screen plasmas and LCD draw 400 watts and up.
Well, it’s covered by a lampshade. But the violet is right under the thing.
I can’t keep an incandecent over my stove for more than two or 3 weeks but I’m going on 8 months with a CFL.
Ive 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.”
I walked around, and between my fan/ceiling lights, the can lights in the kitchen, and the enclosed light fixture in my laundry room, all of those locations are either hanging down bulbs, or enclosed.
The outside light- which are security lights on movement also hang upside down, and the entrance lights to house and garage are also upside down. Basically the only place a buld doesn’t hang upside down is over the stove.
I have also been told they won’t work inside a refrigerator, nor inside your oven.
The mandatory part of this whole discussion is abhorant to me on the face of it.
It's not only the warm up time.....if you don't leave them on for a certain amount of time, they use more energy then an incandescent bulb, and don't last as long.
I just don’t like to be told I HAVE to use what someone else says I need to use,
when I don’t believe them to begin with.
I’m not dumb, and these things are simple sooo much more expensive...
so, they could have at least made them the same price!
just like computers and cars, houses and everything else.
“Give me more money please!”
And it's 25 here in MI. (???) That ain't right!
Same here,I like to leave stove hood lights on all evening so I put small cfls there. They are good for recessed hall lights and things like that but not reading lamps or bathroom vanities.
I got mine for peanuts. They save a ton of electricity.
But this whole argument is really moot. In my new house in Kentucky it will be rife with embedded LED lighting.
There will probably not be a fluorescent or incandescent on the property. I’ll be able to control not only intensity, but color temperature and color period. And at a fraction of the power useage of even fluorescents.
LED is to fluorescent what fluorescent is to incandescent.
That's why it's doing so well. :-)
I'm glad you have a shade on it to shield your eyes.
Maybe we could grow frankenfruit under those bulbs.
Here is unretouched video of plants exposed to too much fluorescent light.
Pretty tasty stuff though!
I HATE those things. They are ugly, expensive, dangerous if they break. Did I say UGLY? I did not pay good money for nice light fixtures in my new house to have the libs force these creepy, wierd things into my life. If you don’t leave your lights on excessively you shouldn’t worry about light bulbs anyway. I guess libs are scaredy cats who are afraid of the dark and leave their lights on all of the time. Let them buy them. Leave the rest of us ALONE.
Wow, I’m in Ontario, Canada, and it’s 44F.
I don’t know what everyone’s complaining about. The ones I bought worked just great for a couple of weeks.
We’ve been using these for years all around the house (usage spread as light quality improved) and I’ve had to replace, maybe, three.
More like burning electronics. There’s VERY little mercury in one of those — 1% or less of the old mercury fever thermometers.
You need to use "appliance bulbs" in your range hood. There is a lot of vibration when the fan operates, so you need a better bulb, with better filament support.
I got an LED nightlight earlier this year. It lasted only 3 months.
Would you mind sharing the suppliers you are buying from?
I haven’t come across affordable/practical LEDs yet.
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