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Calif. Discovers Fluorescent Lightbulbs Burning Out Faster Than Predicted
dailytech.com ^

Posted on 01/25/2011 1:42:00 PM PST by Sub-Driver

Calif. Discovers Fluorescent Lightbulbs Burning Out Faster Than Predicted

State government concludes that it will not realize the savings it expected

It was all flowers and roses when the state of California launched its $548M USD program to help promote consumer use of compact fluorescent lamps. Manufacturers and utilities were onboard because they received bonus pay to enact rebate programs. Citizens were happy as they received cheap CFL bulbs, which promised to save them money on power expenses. And the politicians were happy, as they looked sufficiently "green" to satisfy the eco-minded voters.

Now that utopian vision of futuristic lighting has dissolved into rancor and disappointment. A multi-million dollar program by the state designed to evaluate the actual results has concluded that energy savings were not as good as expected and that utilities were being over-rewarded for their performance.

At the heart of the problems is the fact that utility provider Pacific Gas & Electricity Corp (PG&E) has forced to cut estimates of CFL life average lifetimes from 9.3 years in 2006 to 6.3 years. The shorter-than-expected lifetime was due largely to people turning CFL lights on and off, and the fact that CFL bulbs were often put in disadvantageous locations like bathrooms or recessed lighting.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; cfl; compactfatal; curlyfry; energy; envirofascism; epa; frontpage; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax; greenenergy; lightbulbs
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1 posted on 01/25/2011 1:42:03 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

What’s happening to all the mercury in those dead bulbs that provided such inferior light? Expect to hear of mercury poisoning in the near future.


2 posted on 01/25/2011 1:44:03 PM PST by kittymyrib
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To: Sub-Driver

Hoarding 100 Watt incandescents in our basement. Need to keep at it.


3 posted on 01/25/2011 1:44:43 PM PST by NEMDF
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To: Sub-Driver
The shorter-than-expected lifetime was due largely to people turning CFL lights on and off

--- Gollee, Gomer, NO ONE could have predicted THAT !!!

, and the fact that CFL bulbs were often put in disadvantageous locations like bathrooms or recessed lighting.

Those silly people - trying to use them in regular places like that !

tsk...tsk...

4 posted on 01/25/2011 1:45:57 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Roll out the affordable LEDs already !


5 posted on 01/25/2011 1:46:04 PM PST by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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To: kittymyrib
What’s happening to all the mercury in those dead bulbs that provided such inferior light? Expect to hear of mercury poisoning in the near future.

The EPA has a 3 PAGE "blurb" on what to do if one of these new bulbs break in your home. 3 PAGES!

Open a window, do NOT sweep, vacuum or pick up the broken bulb. Wait 10 minutes and use TAPE to pick up the pieces.

Yeah, sounds like a real winner to me.

6 posted on 01/25/2011 1:47:45 PM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Sub-Driver

No!


7 posted on 01/25/2011 1:48:00 PM PST by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: Sub-Driver

Now if only liberals would burn out faster than expected.....


8 posted on 01/25/2011 1:48:09 PM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: NEMDF

Me too.


9 posted on 01/25/2011 1:48:55 PM PST by Calm_Cool_and_Elected
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To: Izzy Dunne
Where's Captain Obvious, or even Captain Hindsight,

when you need them?


10 posted on 01/25/2011 1:49:08 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I’ve had a few LED bulbs experience near-infant mortality.


11 posted on 01/25/2011 1:49:41 PM PST by Paladin2
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“The shorter-than-expected lifetime was due largely to people turning CFL lights on and off”... Woo-Hoo..CA...HELLO...is anyone home...anybody left there with a fricken’ brain?
12 posted on 01/25/2011 1:49:47 PM PST by JPG (Work for conservative change like your country depended on it.)
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To: Sub-Driver

File this one under the “no duh sherlock” category.

Many have complained about this for years.

I’ve had mixed “success” with the CFL’s, so I’m not completely sold on them.

Been buying incandescents wherever and whenever I see them. Have hundreds stockpiled.


13 posted on 01/25/2011 1:50:32 PM PST by SZonian (July 27, 2010. Life begins anew.)
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To: Paladin2
I’ve had a few LED bulbs experience near-infant mortality.

I've had a few incandescents expeience a brief poof of light then die when first energized.

14 posted on 01/25/2011 1:50:44 PM PST by SeeSac
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To: Sub-Driver

Six YEARS still isn’t bad compared to the 4 months or so I get from incandescents.


15 posted on 01/25/2011 1:50:50 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (Our Constitution: the new Inconvenient Truth)
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To: Sub-Driver
Now that utopian vision of futuristic lighting has dissolved into rancor and disappointment.

Kind of like all the liberal policies.

16 posted on 01/25/2011 1:50:50 PM PST by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: Sub-Driver

“Unexpected” should be the #1 liberal word of the last century.


17 posted on 01/25/2011 1:50:54 PM PST by mowowie
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To: Sub-Driver

WE JUST BOUGHT OUT THE ENTIRE SUPPLY OF 100, 150 AND 200 WATT BULBS AT OUR LOCAL HOME DEPOT BEFORE THE INSANITY COMES TO ARIZONA.
GOING TO LOWES NEXT TO GET THEIRS.


18 posted on 01/25/2011 1:51:00 PM PST by taillightchaser
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To: Puppage

These suckers have a tendency to EXPLODE as well.

I’ve seen 3 of them at our office explode instead of burn out.


19 posted on 01/25/2011 1:51:08 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Sub-Driver

...last week Walmart had the new bulbs out on the shelf...a 3-way curley-que bulb was $9.00!!!....how many people in our rural high-unemployment county are going to buy those I wonder??


20 posted on 01/25/2011 1:51:24 PM PST by STONEWALLS
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