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Do You Know How to Use the New Style Light Bulbs Safely?

 
 
Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2010 08:08 am
http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/cfl.asp

I thought this page on Snopes covered it very well. Just FYI.
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boomerang
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2010 10:31 am
@edgarblythe,
That's good info. Thanks, edgar.

I haven't bought this kind of bulb just because of the disposal issues.

I'm meticulous about taking batteries, paint, chemicals, etc. to the haz-mat recycling once a year or so but I've been worried about having expired bulbs laying around.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2010 10:47 am
They are steadily phasing out incandescent bulbs, it seems to me. I have not been real happy with either kind.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2010 03:34 pm
@edgarblythe,
I read about a year ago that they, whoever they are, are coming out with a new kind of incandescent. I might have even posted about it. If I remember right, it is quite low energy burning, lasts for years, and is expensive, or will be to start. Alas, I've long ago lost that link.
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2010 03:35 pm
@ossobuco,
I look forward to using some.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2010 03:35 pm
I think I vaguely recall that thread.
Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2010 06:37 pm
This is yet more Green lunacy, and it is destined to fail.

The CFLs represent an actual health hazard and does anyone really believe that the majority, let alone the enitrety, of Americans will follow a 16 step haz mat procedure for cleaning up a broken light bulb?

The claims about their impact on green gas emissions are not credible and their quality is highly suspect:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/28/business/energy-environment/28bulbs.html

edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2010 06:45 pm
I think people are nuts for accepting the fluorescents, myself.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2010 06:50 pm
@Finn dAbuzz,
I use them more now than I did. I hated them at first, and am sure I railed about them on a2k. I remember spatting with ehBeth - or maybe just whining at her - who told me about how her area had this great choice of light spectrum ranges in the CFLs. Not mine at the time. It was all crap light to me, the nightblind person. A darkish or weirdly lit house depresses me hugely. Then there's the disposal worry.

Well, it turns out that Home Depot's routine CFL light bulbs come in "soft white", which I can tolerate, and one can bring a sack of the 'dead' ones back to Home Depot to dispose of. I haven't broken any light bulb in decades, but I don't like the haz mat worries. I had a couple of them fizz out early, but since then, they seem to be lasting forever, and they are saving me a bunch of money. Ugly suckers, though.

I'll be interested in whatever the new incandescent thing is.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2010 06:51 pm
@edgarblythe,
I tried to search for the thread, but am probably using the wrong key words. Or maybe I just imagine posting about the potential new incandescents.
roger
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2010 07:28 pm
@ossobuco,
Could it have been about LEDs, instead?
ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2010 08:03 pm
@roger,
No, the reason I remember it was that it was about a whole new type of incandescent... definitely not LEDs. Trouble is, sometimes I read stuff in the NYTimes and other such sites, and sometimes I read from google news (science and technology) links, which can be all over the block. I don't remember being chary of the source, at least not more than usual. I have this odd type of memory - I tend to remember some details in my brain rather well, even over lots of time, but they're fairly surface details. Don't ask me to describe the storyline of a well known movie; I might be able to tell you the director's name.

When I say expensive, I seem to remember something like $18.00 (don't trust me) but they were projected to plunge or at least mosey down in price... and have exceptionally long life span.
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2010 08:17 pm
coleman makes some nice propane lanterns;
http://www.preparedness1.com/images/propane-lantern-3a.jpg
ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2010 08:29 pm
Adding, these new types of incandescent bulbs I read about were not on the market yet, if that wasn't clear.
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2010 08:31 pm
@ossobuco,
Understood. Once there are forty million of the mercury-fluorescents in the landfills, they may get around to it.
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roger
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2010 10:17 pm
@ossobuco,
Well, I did a quick google on efficient incandescent bulbs. Looks like they use about 30% less juice than conventional. The florescent ones run about 70% less electricity.
roger
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2010 10:18 pm
@dyslexia,
Those mantels are treated with something radioactive. Thorium, I believe it is. Get enough of that and you can scrap the propane and just uncover the mantels.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jul, 2010 10:41 pm
@roger,
Are those on the market? I think the ones I'm talking about are in r & d. They weren't as efficient as fluorescent, but not that much different in my memory. (Yeh, I know, what memory..)

Thanks for looking it up.
I'm fading... g'night.
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