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Conservatives Shy Away from Light Bulbs With Eco-Friendly Labels
Live sScience ^ | 4/30/13 | Megan Gannon

Posted on 05/09/2013 3:10:44 PM PDT by Libloather

Conservatives may be less likely to buy energy efficient light bulbs if they're packaged as environmentally friendly, new research suggests.

In one study, participants were given $2 to spend on a light bulb with a choice between a 50-cent incandescent bulb and a $1.50 compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb. They were told the CFL bulb would last 9,000 more hours and reduce energy costs by 75 percent compared with the old-fashioned bulb.

Both liberal and conservative participants were more likely to choose the CFL bulb, the researchers found. But if the CFL bulb was marked with a sticker that said "Protect The Environment," those who identified as politically moderate or conservative shied away.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bulbs; cfls; climatechange; conservatives; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax; light; mercurypoisoning
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The debate is over. Global warming is a hoax. Can I now have my incandescent bulbs back? Please?
1 posted on 05/09/2013 3:10:44 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather
if the CFL bulb was marked with a sticker that said "Protect The Environment".....

.....then it was lying because they're filled with poisonous mercury.

So the conservative who recalled the stupidity of the product would be smart.

2 posted on 05/09/2013 3:14:28 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Mandatory BB Guns for 10 Year Old Boys would solve most of America's problems.)
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To: Libloather
Conservatives may be less likely to buy energy efficient light bulbs if they're packaged as environmentally friendly.

That's because eco friendly generally means "This product is overpriced crap".
3 posted on 05/09/2013 3:16:29 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Libloather

I’ve been using the compact fluorescent bulbs for years because my office building has 14 foot ceilings, and I have to drag an eight foot ladder out every time I have to change a bulb. They do last a lot longer. but I don’t need the government telling me what kind of bulbs to use. I tend to use incandescent bulbs where changing them is not difficult.


4 posted on 05/09/2013 3:16:43 PM PDT by Daveinyork (."Trusting government with power and money is like trusting teenaged boys with whiskey and car keys,)
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To: Libloather

I NEVER buy anything with an eco friendly label. I’m not supporting that junk.


5 posted on 05/09/2013 3:17:02 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: Libloather

Luckily there was plenty of warning so that a lifetime supply of inexpensive, reliable, safe, instant-on incandescent bulbs could be acquired.


6 posted on 05/09/2013 3:17:02 PM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: Libloather

Too funny. I’m guilty. lol


7 posted on 05/09/2013 3:18:09 PM PDT by Alex in chains
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To: Libloather

I also avoid businesses who have given in to the envircommies. Anytime I notice a business touting some environmental benefit to their products, services, or operations I either call or drop them a note letting them know why I will no longer be a customer.


8 posted on 05/09/2013 3:18:57 PM PDT by .45 Long Colt
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To: Uncle Miltie

9 posted on 05/09/2013 3:19:59 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Mandatory BB Guns for 10 Year Old Boys would solve most of America's problems.)
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To: Libloather

How can it be “ecologically friendly” when breaking one constitutes an ecological disaster?!?


10 posted on 05/09/2013 3:20:51 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Inyo-Mono
I NEVER buy anything with an eco friendly label. I’m not supporting that junk.

That's at least two of us.

Also on my list not to buy is "fat free" or "sugar free". I have found both to be "taste free".

11 posted on 05/09/2013 3:21:48 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: Libloather

Should have bought ahead-—LOL!


12 posted on 05/09/2013 3:21:49 PM PDT by basil (basil --Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: Libloather

             

13 posted on 05/09/2013 3:22:47 PM PDT by tomkat ( yo! > tyrannis delenda est !)
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To: Graybeard58
Also on my list not to buy is "fat free" or "sugar free". I have found both to be "taste free".

Same here.

14 posted on 05/09/2013 3:23:24 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: Uncle Miltie

That’s the stuff I played with back in the 50s as a kid - - from broken thermometers.
I’m sure it’s gonna kill me off one of these years....


15 posted on 05/09/2013 3:25:08 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Uncle Miltie

I like the LED for outdoor applications where they are expected to operate in the cold, they work better than CFLs, and last longer than regular bulbs.


16 posted on 05/09/2013 3:25:55 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: .45 Long Colt
I also avoid businesses who have given in to the envircommies. Anytime I notice a business touting some environmental benefit to their products, services, or operations I either call or drop them a note letting them know why I will no longer be a customer.

I dropped Waste Management as my garbage picker upper when they started promoting how "green" they were and I discovered that I was paying for their "greenness" to the tune of $78 quarterly. I switched to a non green company at $50 per quarter and let W-M know why.

17 posted on 05/09/2013 3:26:42 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: nascarnation

My first grade class passed around a puddle of it, much to our amusement. I think the teacher helped. :-)

The good old days.....

Now, dudes in Hazmat Suits would show up, and the school would be a Superfund site.


18 posted on 05/09/2013 3:26:48 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Mandatory BB Guns for 10 Year Old Boys would solve most of America's problems.)
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To: Libloather

“...Can I now have my incandescent bulbs back?...”
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And my well functioning toilet, shower nozzle, dishwasher, washing machine, detergent, gasoline, etc., etc., etc.


19 posted on 05/09/2013 3:28:15 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: Graybeard58

You are a man after my own heart.


20 posted on 05/09/2013 3:28:30 PM PDT by .45 Long Colt
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To: GraceG

I’ve done several long, deep analyses of light bulbs. I have a spreadsheet around here somewhere on which I tracked every reasonable alternative, Total Cost of Ownership, light quality, etc.

Back about 3 years ago, the answer to most lighting situations was halogen. Now, I’m hoping costs on LED have come down enough that they are the correct answer. I really like the low energy, high brightness, long life characteristics. All they have to do is break the cost barrier, and LED is the answer.


21 posted on 05/09/2013 3:29:46 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Mandatory BB Guns for 10 Year Old Boys would solve most of America's problems.)
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To: tomkat

Watermelon bump!

Green on the outside, red on the inside!

I’m a “Burn-a-Tire-for-Earth-Day” conservative.


22 posted on 05/09/2013 3:29:50 PM PDT by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: Libloather

I am a Christian so I will not support the idolatrous earth worshiping enviro-cult, even if GE lobbied to impose it on the useful idiots. I have also observed that the cfl does not live up to its claims of longevity. Home Depot now has LED 60 watt equivalents for around ten dollars that might be experimenting with. But if some eco-tyrant forces them on me I will resist as a patriotic duty.


23 posted on 05/09/2013 3:31:07 PM PDT by DaveyB (Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. -John Adams)
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To: Libloather

Has any FReeper looked into this? I’m wondering if the upfront cost of the CFL outweighs the energy savings. Is it cheaper to buy more incandescents, replace them more often, and pay more in electric?


24 posted on 05/09/2013 3:31:14 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Libloather; mickie
Who was it that swore on a Bible (hah, as if that means anything any more) that he would introduce legislation to kill the curly light-bulb, etc. scam.

It was some pol a couple years ago who was running for office in his next election....a congressman, I think.

Dang, memory fails me.

Leni

25 posted on 05/09/2013 3:31:44 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Libloather

I bought 3 of them, 5 bucks apiece. 2 burned out in the first week. One is still going, but it flickers.


26 posted on 05/09/2013 3:32:44 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Libloather

I stocked up on incandescents months ago. I have enough to last for years.


27 posted on 05/09/2013 3:35:27 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Libloather

My experience has apparently been non-standard.

I’ve had the same incandescent bulb in my desk lamp (which burns 24 hours a day) for about 5 years. And it lived through a move - still burning off to my right. And it’s lived with being cycled at night by the cat (it’s a touch lamp). And...

I put CFLs in the fan (which was never turned on) at my previous home, and only used them rarely, and had to replace all of them at least twice in the last 5 years. It doesn’t help that I can see them flickering (60 or 120) and it gives me a headache.

As for the “green” label crap - I avoid it because it means that the producer either bought into the malarkey, or they’re exploiting that stupid people have bought into the malarkey. No thanks on either one.

Tell me a CFL has been proven to last longer (on average) than an old fashioned incandescent (on average), and use less electricity to boot, and I’ll buy it. Give me quality, not the appearance of it and don’t insult my intelligence in the process.


28 posted on 05/09/2013 3:37:17 PM PDT by TheZMan (Buy more ammo.)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Now, I’m hoping costs on LED have come down enough that they are the correct answer. I really like the low energy, high brightness, long life characteristics. All they have to do is break the cost barrier, and LED is the answer.

I like LED because more of my electricity gets turned to light and not wasted as heat, it helps on hot summer nights not to be making my AC work harder than it normally does...

http://www.feit.com/led-lamps/accent-led/a-shape

These are AWESOME to replace the bulbs in a refrigerator/freezer, as they fit perfectly in the place of an appliance bulb and they don’t generate extra heat.

I used to have to replace the Bulb in my freezer 1-2 times a year, but 3 years ago I replaced it with a “LED Accent” light and it is still going strong.

The only place for an incandescent light bulb in in an Oven where it supposed to get hot anyways...


29 posted on 05/09/2013 3:40:29 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Uncle Miltie
Back about 3 years ago, the answer to most lighting situations was halogen.

Halogens inherently offer excellent spectral characteristics and are dimmable. The spectral characteristics of LEDs and fluorescents have improved, but I've not seen any clear and consistent standard for comparing the spectral quality of different bulbs. Color temperature is not a suitable metric, since it relates to the balance of blue versus red light, rather than the heights of the of peaks and valleys in a wavelength-versus-output plot. Once upon a time, speaker reviews and advertising used to routinely include frequency-response plots. I wonder why bulbs don't?

30 posted on 05/09/2013 3:40:31 PM PDT by supercat (Renounce Covetousness.)
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To: Libloather

Please, the CFL are NEVER the same quality light. They are only useful for secuirty type lighting.

Now, the LED lights that have started popping up are interesesting and they are the same price as the CFLs.

I never buy any junk marketed as “a portion of these proceeds go to ....”


31 posted on 05/09/2013 3:43:18 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: TheZMan
Tell me a CFL has been proven to last longer (on average) than an old fashioned incandescent (on average), and use less electricity to boot, and I’ll buy it. Give me quality, not the appearance of it and don’t insult my intelligence in the process.

CFL bulbs tend to last well and perform well in situations where they are left on for many hours on end, and have adequate ventilation to keep them cool. They tend to perform far less well in situations where they are frequently turned on briefly and then switched back off. If a light is never turned on for more than a minute at a time, replacing an incandescent with a CFL is apt to be an all-around losing proposition since the CFL will burn out quickly while saving relatively little energy.

32 posted on 05/09/2013 3:45:58 PM PDT by supercat (Renounce Covetousness.)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Those labels are lying if they characterize the CFL light as “warm.” I find that light cold, blue, and almost unbearably depressing.

I don’t like using artificial light as it is, but fluorescents are the worst.


33 posted on 05/09/2013 3:46:38 PM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: Libloather

I would interpret this as meaning that without the label, conservatives only looked at the price and long-term cost. When the eco label was applied to the light, it reminded the conservatives that the CFLs contain mercury, and thus are not eco-friendly. The liberals, however, are conditioned Pavlov-style to buy anything that has an eco label, whether or not the item is actually eco-friendly.


34 posted on 05/09/2013 3:49:37 PM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: Libloather

I was buying the new kind of bulbs when they were advertised as “long life”


35 posted on 05/09/2013 3:50:13 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Hell...it will be decades before the mercury leaches out of a modern landfill.

And by that time there won’t be anyone here but Mexicans.


36 posted on 05/09/2013 3:52:03 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Libloather
Conservatives may be less likely to buy energy efficient light bulbs

BS, I don't know a single libtard who fell for that lie! Why did the article have to make it political?

As a side note, what happened to the water savings I was supposed to experience when the government told me I had to put a low volume toilet in my bathroom?

Stay out of my f';n life!

37 posted on 05/09/2013 4:00:07 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: Libloather

Ive purchased more than a few CFL bulbs over the years and most of them are crap.


38 posted on 05/09/2013 4:03:58 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Libloather

I can’t keep my baby chicks warm with a CFL bulb!

I can’t keep the winter temp up in my well house with a CFL bulb!

I don’t like CFL bulbs!


39 posted on 05/09/2013 4:04:59 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (When someone burns a cross on your lawn, the best firehose is an AK-47.)
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To: Libloather

I bought some fluorescent bulbs a while back (the traditional long cylindrical style) when I was upgrading the lighting in my garage. They had “eco friendly” labeling on them, and they were cheap. They were the worst I’ve ever had, every one of them failed in short order, some within hours.

So, yes, I stay away from eco-BS whenever I see it.


40 posted on 05/09/2013 4:05:05 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Libloather

I shy away from them because they’re crap. They don’t last long at all. I have good old fashion bulbs that have been burning since I bought my house 7 years ago. Those silly CFLs that I bought have since burned out and I’ve been replacing them with the old fashion kind.


41 posted on 05/09/2013 4:11:03 PM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: Uncle Miltie

My first grade class passed around a puddle of it, much to our amusement. I think the teacher helped. :-)

you 2 are so right


42 posted on 05/09/2013 4:14:39 PM PDT by Undecided 2012
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they work like crap with motion sensors


43 posted on 05/09/2013 4:18:12 PM PDT by Undecided 2012
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To: Libloather

Another one of these “studies.” A social psychologist thinks he can explain human behavior by going out to the mall and asking a few people to participate in a test. They add up the numbers and publish the percentages, and proclaim to the whole world that they now have a deep insight into human behavior.

BTW, CFL’s are stupid. LED’s are energy efficient and last long, but are expensive and give ghostly blue light.


44 posted on 05/09/2013 4:18:58 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: Inyo-Mono
"I NEVER buy anything with an eco friendly label. I’m not supporting that junk."

Same here. When someone tries to sell me a "green" product, I ask them why I would want to spend money on a substandard item to perpetuate a hoax.

45 posted on 05/09/2013 4:30:09 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: Libloather

I’m forced to buy these pieces of crap that, in my experience, last nomlonger than the good old incandescent bulbs. When they fail, I through them in the recycling and the the green wienies work it out. I’ll be damned if I’ll go out of my way to support this madness.


46 posted on 05/09/2013 4:41:51 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: Libloather

I would choose an LED cluster (bulb, whatever) instead of either of those, even at the much higher price of LEDs. Extreme cold climate here. Lowest low of the winter here (ongoing) was -39, F. CFLs don’t work outdoors at all in extreme cold and don’t work very well or for long indoors. Cold is also hard on filaments of incandescents (don’t last long). LEDs last far longer than either of the others and don’t use much battery at all (no rural electric lines within miles and miles and wouldn’t be low cost, if there were).


47 posted on 05/09/2013 4:42:14 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: Uncle Miltie

I like LEDs for outdoor lights. I replaced the malibu type with them ($6 each) and even though they’re not as bright, they never burn out. The Malibus would burn out, or wiggle loose from thermal cycles.

The MR16 options are good, too, but beware of the package size being larger than a real MR-16.


48 posted on 05/09/2013 4:45:01 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Universal Background Check -> Registration -> Confiscation -> Oppression -> Extermination)
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To: Libloather
Maybe conservatives can sniff out snake oil better. 'Environmentally friendly' is an over-used cliche...and most times it turns out to be the complete opposite. Kinda like this 'green' turpentine. In the top left is a tree, with the words 'good for the environment'...and it has the 'kleen strip Green' logo...as well as the text 'Nature's Solvent'. Ok, it might come from nature...but I've got a feeling I shouldn't pour it into a fish tank or let my dog drink it.
49 posted on 05/09/2013 4:50:13 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Libloather

We shy away from dimbulbs too...


50 posted on 05/09/2013 4:52:18 PM PDT by refermech
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