Switched from an incandescent to energy saver but thinking of switching back !!!

@ronnyb (6125)
Jamaica
January 12, 2009 4:09am CST
I know there are countless reasons why I shouldn’t but this energy saver is killing my eyes. I had a 79 w incandescent before and it provided superb lighting but then I went and bought a 36 w 110/50 hz energy saver .The energy saver produces white light mind you vs. the yellow light but it somehow illuminates my environment better. Right now I am using it and its giving me hell. I know I sound like a bad person right now ,one of those who has no interests in preserving our earth for future generation but my eyes are really paying the price here. In my defense however I an using only two bulbs, because I have one big "all purpose area” which serves as my living room ,bedroom and kitchen to one side and this bulb would need to illuminate all areas. Consequently that is why I need good lighting ,imagine if I had a bulb for all those areas that would be a maximum of three bulb, so I think I deserve a little luxury in this area. I am thinking of putting the energy saver in my bathroom where limited lighting is required (Hope I don’t have any mishaps as a result lol) and using back my incandescent . Does anyone else have this problem ? and what would you do ?
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@snowcat46 (2323)
• United States
12 Jan 09
I can relate to that! And those energy savers burn out a heck of a lot faster than the originals. I was shocked after we bought them. We had to replace 4 of them that same week. Not very saving to me!! No, there's nothing wrong with our wiring. Regular bulbs last more than a month. One would think these would last more than a week. It might save on energy, but it's pretty hard on the wallet!
@ronnyb (6125)
• Jamaica
12 Jan 09
Yes you are so right,I bought one before and was surprised when it burned out about 1/3 of the time before teh ordinary bulbs but I wrote it off as faulty wiring
@penny64 (1106)
• Australia
13 Jan 09
That's really bad. Something seems wrong here, because they should last longer. I have one bulb I've used pretty much every day for at least eight years, and it's still going strong. Maybe you are being sold an inferior brand?
@snowcat46 (2323)
• United States
13 Jan 09
What brand are you using? I could sure use some help on that! Replacing them gets very expensive.
@Barb42 (4217)
• United States
12 Jan 09
I personally hate the light coming from these energy saving bulbs! My husband bought a few, but the light takes awhile coming on, plus it does bother my eyes as well. I've told him I'm going to stock up on the regular bulbs. I don't think it's worth the power it saves!
@ronnyb (6125)
• Jamaica
12 Jan 09
Happy to know I am not alone ,for a moment there I felt as if i was single handed sending the world to hell lolol not that I am saying that I am happy youare tooo lol but those light really bother me
@Barb42 (4217)
• United States
12 Jan 09
Oh, you are definitely not alone! I've heard lots of people talk about how they've bought the old bulbs and stored them up to use later. I'm thinking about doing the same thing. I think this was one of the worse decisions the government ever had! They meddle too much in our business!
@penny64 (1106)
• Australia
12 Jan 09
Yes, I've also noticed that the new energy saver bulbs seem dimmer than their incandescent counterparts. I wonder if you can use a brighter bulb without damaging the light fitting. You probably can, because the new bulbs don't give off the heat that the old ones do. Not sure.
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@ronnyb (6125)
• Jamaica
12 Jan 09
Yes I suppose thats why they are called energy savers ,unfortunately we have to sacrifice brightness in the name of reduced consumption
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@penny64 (1106)
• Australia
13 Jan 09
It's not going to be good if it damages our eyesight though. I believe that here in Australia they have stopped production of incandescent globes, so any problems will now become evident. What worries me is the amount of mercury in the new globes ... that's not good for the environment!
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@tammytwo (4304)
• United States
12 Jan 09
The lights at work bother my eyes. I believe you have to do what is best for your eyes. You have to live with them long term and it's not like one person is going to make or break anything. Maybe use the energy efficient lights as you suggested in smaller areas that have limited use.
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
12 Jan 09
i would use the bulbs i could see the best with. u can't afford to mess up your eyes overa light bulb. i haven't bought any of the new bulbs becaus i was using up what i had on hand. my eyes are bad enough as they are to use something that will affect them guess i will just stick to the oldones if that's thw way the news ones are, u better to.