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Old 12-30-2013, 03:59 PM   #1
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stockpiling incandescent bulbs?

I got a good chuckle out of some comments from a recent article about the upcoming ban of 40 and 60 watt incandescent bulbs. I converted most of my house to CFL bulbs over the years and I want to convert those to LEDs when they come down in price or as the CFLs fail. There are still a ton of bulbs that are not going away to include 3 way bulbs, plant bulbs, appliance bulbs, rough service bulbs (for garage door openers) and high watt bulbs (150 and 200 for garages). CFL bulbs create less heat, use less energy and last a lot longer than incandescent bulbs.....why are some so reluctant to switch bulb types?
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Old 12-30-2013, 04:42 PM   #2
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I agree. We bypassed the CFL route at our house and went straight to the LED's. The LED's are not as expensive as they were 3-4 yrs ago but they are higher than CFL's. Here in Michigan the energy company will give you the CFL's for free. I personally like the light from LED's. Lowes has recessed LED bulbs for $8.97. I just purchased them last week.
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I have a mix of bulbs, Incandescent, CFL, and LED. There are a few spots I have not switched out yet. They are primarily where I read, and in fixtures where you can see the bulb. I think CFLs look ugly, and I do not like to read by them. The other thing I do not like about CFLs is the mercury in them, they are a hazardous waste item, and somewhat of a pain to properly get rid of. I have bought a few LEDs, but for accent lighting where I do not need a lot of light. I would like to buy the new 3M LED lights. They are awesome, they do an excellent job simulating incandescent bulbs, but the price is a bit scary.
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I've never been a fan of CFL's, although I have used them in the past.

I love the LED lights, and replaced all my 60 watt bulbs (and CFLs) with them once they became available for a reasonable price (under $10) at my local Costco, which was probably a year ago. I also replaced a couple of outside par 38 floods with LEDs equivalents as well. I expect continued improvement and price improvements on the higher watt bulbs when the corresponding incandescent bulbs finally get the ax.
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Old 12-30-2013, 05:28 PM   #5
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Ill tell you why people don't want to switch. It is because of the awful color and shape of most LED bulbs.. they give off cold and harsh light, and they look like pigtails. Some attempt has been made to improve them, but I think they are a long way from people loving them.
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Old 12-30-2013, 05:38 PM   #6
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Most of my CFLs are in fixtures where you don't see the bulb so shape asthetics hasn't been an issue for me. Color is hit and miss although I recently bought some Ecosmart brand bulbs at Home Depot that has a cool white color. As for hazardous disposal, I'm not sure if they have any more mercury than the 4' tubes that most people have in their kitchens, garages or shops and most Home Depots have a collection box for CFL disposal.
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I am totally CFL here at the house except for outside sensor lights which are halogen... Been this way for a few years now... Haven't tried the LED 120VAC conversions yet for the house. I'm betting they will be another source for Radio Frequency Interference for my HAM RADIO... The regulated type in the RV Trailers sure did turn out to be RFI sources for me.

I too also had to chuckle when I saw the TV commercial of the elderly lady with a push cart full of incandescent bulbs. She is happy with her decision and that is all that matters...

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The problem for me is the fact that the government is telling the sheeple that they can't have a certain type of light bulb because the government thinks they are bad. Really?? The components in an incandescent lamp are not harmful. CFL's = mercury going into the landfills. Let's save the environment by closing all the coal fired plants and then we can flood the environment with mercury from our government mandated CFL's.

If they are so wonderful then why do you have to ban the competition in order to sell them? Let the market decide which which bulb is king.

Just wait until the government decides for you what type of vehicle (if any) they'll let you have. Let's say the government thinks that big trucks and motorhomes are bad for the nation because they gobbble up society's fuel. It's all fine and dandy until it hits close to home.
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The problem for me is the fact that the government is telling the sheeple that they can't have a certain type of light bulb because the government thinks they are bad. Really?? The components in an incandescent lamp are not harmful. CFL's = mercury going into the landfills. Let's save the environment by closing all the coal fired plants and then we can flood the environment with mercury from our government mandated CFL's.

If they are so wonderful then why do you have to ban the competition in order to sell them? Let the market decide which which bulb is king.

Just wait until the government decides for you what type of vehicle (if any) they'll let you have. Let's say the government thinks that big trucks and motorhomes are bad for the nation because they gobbble up society's fuel. It's all fine and dandy until it hits close to home.
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Still using incandescents at the Crab house....

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