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Congress' energy bill bans incandescent light bulbs by 2014 and requires all Americans to buy compact fluorescents.
Traditional 60 w bulb made of glass, tungsten filament, copper wire, steel screw and a small amount of argon. They are tried and true, and when one breaks you can bury it in your back yard and not worry about your children's water supply.
Compact fluorescent are encased in plastic (aka crude oil) which will eventually break up into little particles that will do the
evil things that little particles of plastic do.
Fluorescents contain highly toxic mercury. When you break a bulb the mercury will forever be in your home's dust.
Fluorescents also emit more UV light than traditional bulbs or the sun per unit of visable light, aka more cancer.
Fluorescents only really work well when in a "central air and heat" environment. The ballasts degrade more rapidly and the lights flicker othewise. How much energy is being saved if you have to heat and cool your light?
They lack thermal inertia causing strobe effect which can be dangerous given the right circumstance; working with spinning machinery or parkinsons disease, etc.
The phosphor coating on the inside of the tube creates an environmental disposal issue.
The traditional bulb comes in a cardboard printed box that I could use to start my woodstove, the fluorescent comes in a plastic package with color printed advertisements.
The fluorescent says, in microprint, "Check with your local code office for proper disposal." I'm sure every good little doobie gives a call down to their local code office before tossing the old bulb in the trash.
Before I digress to the disgusting truth behind electronic lamp ballasts on the common flourescent, I would have to hold discourse on the metaphysical by-products of the solid state electronic circuitry industry. However, we needent go there, because alas...
cynically I speaketh this truth unto the via the microprocessor,
The congressman also makes the point that these new bulbs are ONLY MADE IN CHINA.
the move could cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions by 4 million tonnes by 2012.
Originally posted by LateApexer313
reply to post by deltaalphanovember
I have them in my house as well, and I can't recall ever breaking an incandescent bulb once in my life. But then again I don't have kids either but if I did, I'd be a bit concerned.
Because there is such a small amount of mercury in CFLs, your greatest risk if a bulb breaks is getting cut from glass shards. Research indicates that there is no immediate health risk to you or your family should a bulb break and it's cleaned up properly. You can minimize any risks by following these proper clean-up and disposal guidelines:
* Sweep up—don't vacuum—all of the glass fragments and fine particles.
* Place broken pieces in a sealed plastic bag and wipe the area with a damp paper towel to pick up any stray shards of glass or fine particles. Put the used towel in the plastic bag as well.
* If weather permits, open windows to allow the room to ventilate.
Originally posted by deltaalphanovember
We have done the switch to the new "energy saver" bulbs, and they have cut our electricity bills by about 35%. They also last a lot longer and don't "flicker" as you mentioned.