Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs - Have You Made the Switch?

@katprice (807)
United States
April 20, 2007 4:50am CST
It's said that if every American would just replace 5 regular lightbulbs in their home with the compact flourescent type, it would be the equivalent of taking 8 million cars off the nations highways. These bulbs are incredibly energy efficient and they last a very long time. Sure, they cost a little more than regular bulbs but it's a good idea to make the switch. I recently finished replacing all the bulbs in my house. Will you? There's more information about it at my blog http://livegreen.blog.com
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@loujac3 (1188)
• United States
20 Apr 07
I did this when the new lite bulbs came out years ago. I have moved several times and I always put them up right away. I save over $10 a month by using them and if I move I replace them with the old bulbs since they cost so much. I am in favor of a ban on the old bulbs. The new compacts come in almost every size and in different base sizes as well. Before we had the new bulbs I use to buy the ones with built-in timers so that if someone left a light on in the closet or laundry room then it would shut itself off after 10 to 30 minutes depending on the bulb.
@katprice (807)
• United States
23 Apr 07
I think they are planning on banning the old style light bulbs, so that's a good thing. This weekend I replaced the lightbulb on my front porch lamp with a compact fluorescent bulb and wow, it is so much nicer and brighter than the one that was in there.
• United States
20 Apr 07
while shopping recently we came across a 3 pack for 10 bucks , so we decided to try them. they are brighter than the reg type bulbs it seems and according to the packaging they should last for about 10,000 hours!! use less than half the energy the old ones use...i thought how long they are supposed to last truly outstanding!! lol as long as they last at least 3/4 of what they claim its all good.
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@katprice (807)
• United States
23 Apr 07
So, what do you think of the bulbs so far? Aren't they great?! They even have the amber colored ones that repel bugs. I'll have to pick up a couple of those for my outdoor light that leads to the backyard.
@Eskimo (2329)
20 May 07
They are banning the old style lightbulbs in Europe, however the new ones have a lot of drawbacks, firstly they cost a lot more to buy (in Europe), they use a lot more energy to make them than the traditional ones, and they contain mercury which means they have to be disposed of properly (which will consume energy to take them to a disposal centre), they usually give off less light than is stated on the bulbs, and they can take some time to warm up and give the required light, they do consume a lot less energy though.
@katprice (807)
• United States
31 May 07
I know, it's a drag that they contain mercury and must be disposed of properly. I'm enjoying the lower energy bills, though. It's really made a difference.