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Discussion in '2008 Archive' started by Cutter, Jun 16, 2008.
You've gotta watch this!
That's funny. And truly ridiculous.
Did you catch the guy in the background (I think it's Tom Tancredo) hold the folder up for 'protection' when the bulb was taken out of the package?
I didn't know that they were all made in China!! More great decisions from our federal government. Don't it make you proud??
I use them in some places because I can get the same light form 45 watts that I get from 150 watts incandescent lighting. They claim that it's the same as 200 watts but it is not.
Anyone who uses them needs to know the problems with them:
They often take a few seconds to a minute to reach full illumination. If you need instant emergency light (outside security, etc) this is not for you.
They will not work with dimmers.
Some will not work with many photo cells.
When they burn out they often smell very bad.
I was told by one maintainance worker that he saw one shoot a flame out of it. I haven't seen this myself but I know that ballasts can do that.
I'm not saying don't use them. Just be aware that they come with a few drew backs.
I don't like the way congress seems to claim to know what is best and we have no say beyond the election.
Let the record show that I am in full agreement with Rep. Poe on this issue! Even if he is a Republican. :laugh:
I yield back.
A few other things to add also as I used to buy these in hopes of lowering the utility bills.
1) Fluorescent type bulbs are terrible in cold weather as they lose much of their luminosity. I can attest to that with the need for more light in my shop during cooler periods.
2) They claim these bulbs will last for up wards to 7 years, however, I never had any last more than a year or so! A caller on a radio station said that life span is only based upon a few hours of usage per day, as per "fine" print.
Let's see. We have toilets that often have to be double-flushed because of water restrictions, kinda defeats the purpose, and soon to be light and I fear toilet paper restrictions. Believe me that is a fear!:laugh:
I've had a few of these last for about 2 years, but since I only get about 2 months from a regular bulb this is an improvement!
One of last ones I bought was gone in two weeks. It is headed back to the store!
Did you hear the part about if they're broken, they contain mercury and have to be treated as a hazardous waste? Toxic to people and pets. Nice.
Since Congress made it a Law that we won't be able to buy regular bulbs one day, I intend to stock pile regular bulbs. I will buy several hundred and that should last for a few years.
First the tv and now the bulbs. What a bunch of goofballs on Capitol Hill.
Congress....about as bright as a burned out light bulb.
I bought one out of curiosity, and it works just fine. But the hazardous waste part scares me. I don't think I want to buy any more because of that!
So what do you do with them when they burn out? Just toss them in the trash like an incandescent bulb? Or do you have to call hazmat?
Libs who support them do not really have a reasonable answer for this. The fact is they do not just deteriorate and go back to dust. They just pollute the ground permanently.
Ah! I believe I'm having a light bulb moment! I'll not be buying any more of THOSE!
Actually the word permanently might be a bit excessive but they are harmful to the environment to be sure. If you have to clear the room when they break then maybe we shouldn't be throwing them in the dump. I will not buy them because I am not equipped to handle hazardous material. Promoting these is quite contrary to the consistent message the libs promote about the environment.
We have them in everything but Barb's 3 way reading lamp and the little chandelier over the dining room table. They don't scare me, and this is one stupid stunt by the enviro nutcake legislators that saves me money. And my wallet is a way I measure my environmental consciousness. About the only thing we recycle is our pop cans, because in OR, we must pay a deposit. Most everything else costs too much to recycle.
Facts from the EPA and GE:
You about need to wear military M.O.P. suits to clean up a broken bulb but hey it saves on energy. Funny how they don't use that logic with nuclear energy.
mercury is a hazardous material.
Light bulbs?? Ah'm 'cornfused'!!
I gotta' admit, I really do wonder how replacing a $.40 light bulb with a $4.00 bulb that lasts five times as long even, is supposed to be saving me a lot of money, even if supposedly using 2/3 'less energy'?
I admit I'm not all that good at this 'new math' thingie, but I still figure that $2.00 plus, say, $3.00 for the electricity used over the life of the five conventional bulbs, makes five bucks.
$4.00 plus, say, $1.00 for the electricity used over the life of the 'compact fluorescent bulb' makes five bucks, as well.
Not to mention, that, where I live, about half the time we need 'heat' in our home, and half the time we need cooling, so the additional heat generated by the incandescent bulb would seem to average out about the same? Hmmm!
'Old math' says that five bucks still equals five bucks! What did I miss, along the line??!??
I'm a firm advocate of term limits; not only of congressmen, but their output as well!!
Every law should have an automatic expiration date; 2-5 years MAX!
Then a 2/3 - 3/4 majority of the body to extend said law IF it has proven to do what it was initially concieved to accomplish; natural death if not.
I know, I know, I'm dreaming to expect ANYTHING of common sense from congress.
I'm longing for the day that He is THE king, and idiocy can be eliminated - even my own!!
Using a table lamp or a floor lamp, one can get a blown light bulb to burn again... if the filament is not broken too badly.
Sister taught me this little trick and it works great!
Tilt the lamp over on it's side and turn it on. Slowly turn the lamp until the broken filament makes contact and voila! the light will again be lit up. Then slowly tilt the lamp back to its standing position. The lamp should burn until it is turned off again; after which you go through the tilting and turning process all over again.
Neat trick, eh? and it saves money!
Edited to add: It is the incandescent bulb I am speaking of in this little trick. Can make those 200 bulbs yer stocking up on last an extra couple of years. LOL