Skip to comments.Compact fluorescent light bulb to blame for Hornell fire
Posted on 12/23/2010 2:09:46 PM PST by NRG1973
A compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) is to blame for an accidental electrical fire in Hornell Wednesday morning, said Steuben County Fire Investigator Joe Gerych.
Those are the lights everybodys been telling us to use, he said. It blew up like a bomb. It spattered all over.
A CFL on the ceiling burst, said Gerych, and gas inside the CFL bulb helped start the fire. He added exploding CFLs are rare.
The North Hornell Fire Department responded to a call from the McNeill residence, 7185 N. Main St. Ext., Hornellsville, a little before 7 a.m. Wednesday, said North Hornell Fire Chief Mike Robbins.
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Probably near zero. At least for the wood -- it's only the premature release of temporarily-sequestered carbon.
Which is why planting trees is silly. That carbon is coming back, unless you have a means for permanently sequestering old wood and not letting it burn or rot.
Would really appreciate some of your links for my own education. Dogpile.com doesn't give much beyond the fact that it does happen and seems to be linked to bulbs made in China (gee, where have we heard before of problems with Chinese-made products?) or, in one case, possible overtightening of a live bulb!
(I will include external flame-inducing burnouts as "exploding", but not internally-burned electronics.)
Thanks in advance, ridesthemiles! (No need to collect them if you haven't kept the links, just ping me to what you see when you see it, please. I must spend my time elsewhere because I haven't see this.)
Cute. But "smart meters" (whatever they will become -- what's out there now are parts of various experiments related to the residential consumer of electricity) won't issue warrants. But they could result in much higher electric bills if no attention is paid to consumption practices.
We're particular about characteristics of the bulbs we buy. In shaded fixtures it's hard to tell the difference and our house has a warm glow inside.
But in all fairness, nobody in this household reports the headaches or other problems that some folks do. I am sensitive to certain indoor environmental conditions apparently at levels far below other's, so I'm not about to pooh-pooh the headache reports.
CFLs might not be for everyone, and everyone should have a choice.
Yes, that family business was called “General Electric.”
They became emboldened when they decided what kind of toilets we had to use........
Exactly... I do get the headaches and sometimes worse (almost migraine)... At my office, I’ve been fortunate to be able to have almost all the fluorescents off, and they let us bring in incandescents (many of us suffer from the same thing).
My husband and I are all about saving energy — we compost, recycle, use water cisterns, save seeds, all of that. The house came with a couple of fluorescent lights — in the kitchen and AZ Room. That’s fine, I just don’t want them where I read or sit for long.
The gas doesn't burn but how hot does it get when a bulb is burning out? Since it's not flammable maybe it can super-heat. Just speculating.
All the more reason to distrust them. The only made in China thing I would buy is clothing. They use recycled metal, which breaks or bends with even normal use. Not really so cheap when you end up throwing it away. And really not cheap, when you factor in how many American jobs have been lost.
You got it!
Lists problems with GE CFL Light Bulbs - 2010
06/06/10 In 2008, the Office of National statistics reports there were 1033 fires caused from misuse of CFL light bulbs. Energy Star, a joint effort between the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, CFLs installed in enclosed fixtures designed for incandescent bulbs may overheat. This can pose serious risk of injury or fire, and significantly reduce both light output and lifetime. Even under optimum conditions, light output from a CFL will decrease over its lifetime. To maintain existing light levels, select CFLs with rated lumen output (of bulb and ballast together) at least as high as the bulbs they replace. CFLs should have a power factor (PF) above 50% and a Color Rendering Index (CRI) above 80%. ENERGY STAR-qualified integral CFLs and most available modular CFLs meet these criteria.
July 26, 2009
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October 5, 2010
Edison’s bulb doesn’t have a circuit board full of resistors, capacitors, diodes, and ICs, and it doesn’t generate RF hash that interferes with radio reception.
It doesn’t cause climate change either.
Forcing CFLs on people who suffer from them -- maybe this needs to be a court challenge.
Snip: Also new research has come to light that indicates that CFLs emit a high humming sound that is not in our range of hearing but is in the range of hearing of cats and dogs. Can you image hearing a high pitched humming sound all day long. It would be enough to drive you nuts! Many pet owners report that their cats or dogs do not want to be in rooms with CFL bulbs on and will become anxious if they are forced to be.
It seems like they could care less about whom they harm these days!
Oh, that’s interesting, I hadn’t heard the pet thing. No wonder the cats don’t hang around in the kitchen when we have that light on. The AZ Room has a lot of natural light so we rarely need to turn it on there.
It’s so scary.
I agree with you. I’ve used CFLs for years— by choice.
I’ve had two CFLs explode on me. One in our bedroom overhead light. After that, I will never allow one in the bedrooms or kitchen. I took a long time cleaning the bedspread and carpeting, because of fears of the mercury residue. Had another one explode in the family room. The only place I will now use them is in the garage or outdoors.
Traditionally healers, such as Barbara Ann Brennan, have long advised to never do healing work under fluorescence lighting of any kind to avoid making yourself ill. These lights drain our energyNo idea what a "healer" is, or who BAB is, or how these lights "drain energy," but a family member got into TM once (I heard a lot of this language in that time) and it drained nearly all her life savings in short order. There's a lot of other material there I might question.
One thing I will NOT question is the likelihood of ultrasonic emissions. I don't know the preferred switching frequencies of these lamps but it seems likely, given the technologies involved, that they are above the range of human hearing (generally above 20 kHz) but not hugely so. Yes, this would make them annoying or worse to many cats and dogs.
Probably also to the undesirable rodents that some rodent-repellent electronics intend to repel. (I am not exactly a believer in these, but once installed our house in the woods has not had a rodent problem though my wife's car, parked outside with plant-based wiring insulation, has had major problems with rodents.)
If our CFLs help keep rodents out of our rural house, This Is A Good Thing!
Come to think of it, I haven't seen a single mouse in my garage all winter, ever since we installed the CFL bulbs in the garage.
My cats used to sit on the computer desk when I was online and then I installed a CFL bulb in the lamp behind the monitor. The cats quit sitting on the desk. The CFL bulb took forever to brighten, so I removed it and installed one of the old regular bulbs back in the lamp. The cats are once again sitting on the desk.
I hope the new Congress will overturn this crazy new law before it goes into effect.
Awww! Too bad we can’t teach them to type. When I work at home, all they want to do is walk across the keyboard until I lock them out.
I’ve had two burn through their base, leaving a hole large enough to stick my little finger in, and scorching the fixture. They are a fire hazard.
Anyone recommend a good LED bulb?
You can get incandescent light bulbs rated for 25,000 hours that are used by the hospitality industry. If you use them for an average of 7 hours a day theyll burn out in just a little under 10 years and cost about a buck or less per bulb depending on how many you buy.
Once you stock up all youll have to do is watch out for the light bulb police wholl be monitoring everyone who might be using those unauthorized, evil incandescents!
Storing the stock of regular bulbs has been a question I’ve had, too.