LEE A. WOOD
So, you are going to save money, and the environment, by replacing all your old ILb (Incandescent Light Bulbs) with CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs).
Probably not. More than likely all you will do is spend a lot of money on a lot of fancy glass, that not only looks yucky but also gives a sickly light that is hard to read by and makes everything in your room look blue, or yellow.
Did you carefully check all the facts or did you just take it for granted when they told you that you would reduce green house emissions, just like when they sold you those yucky LED Xmas lights?
Let's start with the price. "AAhhhhh".
$7.00 for one light bulb!
I was away for a few weeks. While I was gone my nephew stayed at my place. A light burned out, he replaced it with a new pretzel.
How could I tell?
I have a floor lamp. Normally the bulb (ILB) sits below the top of the brazier.
I come home, the first thing I see is a big, curly, piece of glass sticking out of the top of my lamp.
He said it would save energy. It is the wave of the future.
I said, –Good. Catch the next wave home, and take that piece of crap with you.
The next day I stopped into SuperStore. A package of 4 100 Watt ILB = $1.08.
On the shelf next to it, a package of 1 40 Watt CFL = $8.15.
Can someone tell me, in their wildest dreams, how that is going to save me money?
Apparently if you leave it burn all the time it will out live an ILB.
I don't know, I get 4 or five years out of an ILB and I turn it off and on all the time.
And that's what we are supposed to do, right, turn them off, when we are not using them?
Of course that only applies to us, the home owner, not to the government.
Have you ever driven the Coquihalla highway? Those great big streetlights that light up the tunnels, and the chain up areas, 24/7 365.
Like a trucker needs a whole set of lights on in the middle of a bright sunny, summer, afternoon?
BEFORE YOU BUY A BULB, WHETHER
CFL OR ILB, BE SURE IT IS THE
RIGHT SIZE, PHYSICALLY, AS WELL
AS THE RIGHT WATTAGE
The life expectancy of a light bulb is determined by how many hours it will burn before it burns out.
We are supposed to save energy by turning the lights off.
But turning the lights off reduces the life of the light bulb.
Inside an ILB is a tungsten filament that expands when you turn the light on and contracts when you turn the light off.
This greatly reduces the life of the bulb.
So a CFL will live longer, right?
WRONG. A CFL has a ballast, like all fluorescents lights, (Which is why they are so expensive).
Turning a CFL on and off weakens the ballast and shortens the life of the bulb.
So lets say that both bulbs are going to last 2 years, at $8:00 compared to $.027, how do
I save money?
Ah, the CFL uses less energy so less green house emissions.
What green house emissions. B. C. Hydro produces our electricity from water-driven turbines.
Although if one were to look at the millions and millions of hectares of forest that have been drowned to produce the reservoirs to supply the water!
That doesn't produce any emission but it has drastically moderated the climate of the surrounding areas.
Have you ever been to China, or Mexico? Did you notice the blue glow from the windows in the houses, at night, or tried to read from that sickly blue light above your bed?
That's Fluorescents lighting.
I want no part of it.
So me, for myself, I have no desire to switch. I'll stick to the ILB.
Oh, did I mention MERCURY?
The CFLs uses mercury.
If you drop an ILB and it breaks, which they do very easily, you can just sweep up the glass and throw it in the garbage.
If you drop a CFL, and it will break just as easily, sweeping up is not that simple. You have to scrub the area.
Then you can't throw the remains, or the cleaning rags, in the garbage.
It must all be disposed of along with your other HAZARDOUS WASTE.
Did you get that?
When the CFL burns out, DO NOT toss it in the garbage. It is now HAZARDOUS WASTE and must be properly disposed of.
Like I said, I'll stick to the ILB, thank you very much.
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* Author's note: On this web page, CFL does not stand for `CANADIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE'.
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