Skip to comments.Poll to FREEP: What kind of light bulbs are you using in your home these days?
Posted on 07/13/2011 9:02:50 PM PDT by Steelers6
The new squiggly fluorescent bulbs 51% The old incandescent bulbs I've used for years 48% Total votes: 427
Incandescent bulbs ONLY. I’ve stockpiled them, and I wouldn’t use those squiggly toxic light bulbs if they were handing them out for free.
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432 votes now, still 51/48
Having a toxin-filled bulb smash on a tile floor next to two precious toddlers will give you an OH CRAP moment which will make you not use CFLs again.
175 Watters everywhere, dude!
I would still be using the incandescent bulbs, too, but the ones I stockpiled were lost in a fire—just after all my guns fell in the lake when our boat overturned.
I use incandescent and halogen lights in most lamps. Standard sockets get incandescent and specialty get halogen. Virtually all of them are on dimmers.
I have the spaghetti bulbs in the kitchen and they work fine. They seem to go out as quickly as or more so than any of the others.
I also have a few hundred light bulbs stored and will get at least a few hundred more. Just in case.
A mix, moving more towards CFLs. I’m in a very hot area and am doing what I can to keep the heat in the house down and keep from having to run the A/C more than I have to. Being into gadgets, I’ve been waiting on LED lightbulbs to come down.
I use incandescent 100 watt. I do not like the others.
The new squiggly fluorescent bulbs 51%
The old incandescent bulbs I’ve used for years 48%
Total votes: 433
I won't be standing real close to you during the next lighting storm, that's for sure.
The same type ,ole Tom invented!
I have been using the curly fluorescent bulbs for over 8 years, long before they became popular. When I sold my house 6 years ago, I switched out all the CFL’s and brought them with me to the new house. I figured I had spent a small fortune on them and wasn’t going to leave them behind. In all this time, I’ve only had one faulty bulb that lasted only a month and it was the most recent one I bought.
I’m with you. Buying them each month and telling family to do the same.
Real light bulbs now 49% The Queer squiggly ones 51%
I am going to throw out all of my electric bulbs and return to the good old days of using an oil lamp. I am guessing the environmental wackos are going to go nuts when I go out and start catching whales and rendering them for their oil.
I've bought a lifetime supply of incandessent bulbs of all wattages.
Planning to "stock-pile" those, too, before they're all gone...call me old-fashioned (apparently, the Edison descendants would - LOL!), but the light is just better!
Also, we have a relatively new "chandelier"-type kitchen light fixture that uses medium/small "candle-flame" shaped bulbs...it's a pretty standard design, but there are no flourescents available with the right size base for the sockets, even if we wanted that "shade" of light, and a coil design instead of a fake candle-flame, which we most assuredly don't!!
The three-way CFL’s have come a long way from the pathetic prototypes a few years ago. I got so tired of the traditional 3-way bulbs burning out so soon - the low and high wattages would burn out, leaving only the middle wattage. I’m about a year into the CFL 3-ways, so the jury is still out.
The new squiggly fluorescent bulbs 50%
The old incandescent bulbs I’ve used for years 49%
Total votes: 441
So this poll is about as unscientific as if it were taken in Berkeley or Madison.
I have yet to see a single one of the squigglies in ANY home I've been in for the past year...and I get around, baby....LOL.
You'll be hunted down and shot if found with an incandescent bulb in a few years.
No option for kero lanterns...sigh.
I use both kinds plus some tube fluorescents. Squigglies are esp. nice for spots where you don’t want all that heat from Edison bulbs.
Switching to full spectrum incandescent....have a mix of squiggly’s and those, and some regular incandescents...
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The old incandescent bulbs I’ve used for years. I’ve been stockpiling them so I’m set for a while.
Actually, we have started going to LED’s and that is not a choice.
Actually, we have started going to LED’s and that is not a choice.
Where I worked they used cheap florescents and one night driving home my eyes started to go "crazy". Without shutting my eyes they were flashing independently of each other with strange bright lights. I thought I could be having a stroke or something. It happened again after being at work and I put it together that it was the lighting effecting my eyes. They changed the lights for me and I never had that problem again. It was sure weird, though.
If I had not bought any of these bulbs when the gov. started pushing them, I would be balking at it, but I did it for efficiency.
Oh, and I took the curly flame bulbs out of the dining room chandelier because it doesn't give enough light.
I buy the kind that pisses off the left.
I buy the kind that pisses off the left.
For those who are off-grid in cold climates, LED lights will work best and longest.
My husband has a medical condition that prevents us from using any type of florescent bulbs at all. Frankly this bill to ban incandescents is discrimination.
Not really weird. It is not uncommon for people to have similar or worse reactions.
My husband gets migraines, nausea and vomiting when exposed to florescent lighting.
My sister in law will go into epileptic seizures if she has to sit under florescents for a long time.
Flourescents where I don’t care to replace often, such as hard to get to porch fixtures; and where I need cool temps. I use incandescent bulbs for everything else.
Yes, and florescents don’t work well in cold climates. That’s why we’re going from Thin-Lites (florescent) to LEDs (off-grid, PV solar plant, brutally cold climate).
Incandescent; fluorescent tubes (old type); LEDS. No CFLs.
The LEDs are a clear Christmas style string along the ceiling of an unheated cellar that doesn’t have switched fixtures. Less than 5W, so they are always on.
Flourescent ceiling fixtures in the kitchen & LR.
Incandescents in the bedrooms, bath, and LR reading lampss.
With temps that get down to -10 to -20 in the winter, all outdoor lights & lights inside less heated areas are incandescent.
Coleman lanterns & kerosene lamps as an emergency backup, which we’ve only had to light once in 12 years. A forest fire took out a main trnasmission line, and the outage lasted several hours. We have GREAT crews; other, more inhabited, places we’ve lived have gone down days at a time for less cause.
We have a few (given to us for free) CFLs still in their boxes, sitting in a drawer that have been there nearly 15 years.
I’m acquainted with a young lady (works where I get some supplies periodically) who has a similar condition aggravated by florescent lights. Those lights do flash at about 60 times per second.
He can’t handle LED’s either, we tried them. And we live in a cold climate.
I’m using incandescent bulbs that will last almost ten years if used on an average of 7 hours a day!
I buy incandescents and halogen, depending on the usage.
I have a whole spreadsheet to track the total costs per lumen over time, bulb by bulb. I have it down to where I can tell whether I’ll spend $60 for 6,000 hours of 1800 lumens, or $48 for the same time and lumens.
I want the capital cost of LED to come down, because that’s where I think I can really save money. They are bright, use very little energy, last a long long time, they are dimmable, don’t make noise, have good light spectrums, and can be used in creative configurations. Right now, they’re just too expensive.
How many people swore off fluorescent tubes for the same reason?
I couldn’t stand CFL at all until I stayed at the Marriot in San Diego, where they use 42-watt CFL bulbs (150-200 watt equivalent). These have amazing light. As someone says in a customer review at http://www.amazon.com/Feit-Electric-ESL40TN-Fluorescent-High-Wattage/dp/B001AZOV9K :
“The only light I could compare it to is the elven light in Lord of the Rings. You know the one Frodo holds up to fend off the spider? It’s exactly like that. Seriously. It’s elven bright.”
Personally we use a combination of things, including arrays of 32-watt 48-inch fluorescent bulbs on the tops of cupboards, cabinets, and Ikea cube shelves. From the outside our house has a bluish, alien glow, but on the inside we actually have enough light to work, read, and cook by.
I have full spectrum conventional tube fluorescents in kitchen but incandescent everywhere else. I despise the squiggly compact fluorescents
Bad news for all you LED users...
LED’s are no more safer or less toxic than CFL’s.... The more you know...
If you purchase daylight CFL’s, in the 5-6500K range, you arent left with that ugly yellow that alot of folks complain about. I use nothing but 6500k in the house and the lighting looks amazing.