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How many compact fluorescent light bulbs do you have in your home

Response Percent Votes
6 or more
65% 449
1 to 5
18% 130
15% 106
Total 685


independant1 6 years ago

they're too difficult to dispose of

LogicMan 6 years ago

What's so hard about putting them in a bag and taking them to Home Depot on your next hardware run?

Kat Christian 6 years ago

Don't shop at Home Depot - out of the way.

8ball 6 years ago

i just threw mine in the trash,is that not right?

jafs 6 years ago


There are several places in town that will accept them and dispose of them properly, including HD.

I believe the information about how to dispose of them is on the package when you buy them.

Eric Neuteboom 6 years ago

Trash is fine. There's not enough mercury to be of concern in them. I'm sure HD and others don't really recycle them either, they just want to lure you into their store.

Kat Christian 6 years ago

Once these cease to work, in the trash they go and I plan to replace them with regular bulb.

2002 6 years ago

I'll use something energy efficient in a second. Buy CFL's are garbage. Now, when LED technology gets a little more cost effective, I am there.

Kirk Larson 6 years ago

Mind the mercury.

Even if no one recycles CFL's, they reduce mercury released to the environment. If most people (the good ones) recycle CFL's, they reduce mercury released to the environment by a lot. I don't use CFL's everywhere in my house. Only those fixtures where it will likely be on for a while.

Rich Noever 6 years ago

And they are dim. I guess that's so you won't be inclined to read the fact that they are bad for the environment.

ivalueamerica 6 years ago

In Peru, the old fashioned light bulbs are not available, only the new ones. It ends up saving everyone money as they burn better and last longer.

Liberty275 6 years ago

Who cares about what people do in the third-world?

ivalueamerica 6 years ago

i swear, it may be the third world, but most of the people are nearly as backwater as you are.

love2fish_ks 6 years ago

My experience was the new bulbs did nto last as long. So, I ran a side by side comparison for 2 years, Marking the dates I installed the new bulbs and the location. What I found was the new bulbs were not only three times as expensive to purchase but they did not last near as long in area's where there is a quick on and off, e.g. stairwell to the basement or bedroom or master closet. They lasted longer in areas where the light tends to stay on, e.g. kitchen or front porch. The overall cost differential of purchase price and lower energy consumption will never be realized at 9cents/KWH if they are used throughout the house.

ivalueamerica 6 years ago

I have been in my home for 5 years and have never had to replace a bulb except the one I broke with a broom stick on accident.

jafs 6 years ago

I have used CFL's in all light fixtures in our home for years.

They last significantly longer than incandescent bulbs in my experience, although I'm not convinced they last for 7 years.

Eric Neuteboom 6 years ago

It all depends on where you buy them. Per the ToS, I can't auger for buying your lamps where I work (but I do work in the field, and am a certified specialist), but your so called "big box" stores sell crappy CFLs, and at wicked high prices to boot. Buy and shop local - you'll get more bang for your buck!

rolo2383 6 years ago

I stocked up on the old bulbs so I won't have to deal with these for awhile.

gphawk89 6 years ago

$9.99 for a 24-pack of 100W incandescents at Lowe's. Get 'em while you still can!

50YearResident 6 years ago

Just an example: $10 purchase price for 24 regular 100 W bulbs which use 2.4 KW (2400 wts) for every 1 hour they are turned on @ 9 cents per kw hour = $2.16 cost of electricity per hour if all were turned on. Use these bulbs an average of 10 hours each, per day = $21.60 x 30 days in a month = $64.80 every month x 12 mo = $777.60 per year.
The twisted floresent bulbs use 25% of the amount to light the exact same area and number of bulbs. 1/4 of $ 777.60 = 194.40 electricity cost to light the same area.= a savings of $583.20 per year. Now do your own math.

gphawk89 6 years ago

Agreed. But if you want a stockpile of incancescents for use where CFL's are inappropriate, now is the time to buy.

I have maybe 10 of them installed in closets, storage areas, and my cold garage and they get used only a few minutes per day. The convenience of instant, bright light in a freezing garage far outweighs the $5 or so extra energy costs - in my opinion, at least.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years ago

Candles are the best beause when they're burned out, there's nothing to dispose of.

Charles Bloss 6 years ago

They sure don't last 5 years, though.

Ceallach 6 years ago

The watt equivalent claims are bogus. If you want to replace a 40 watt and have the same lighting, better buy the one that says its equivalent to 100 watts!

50YearResident 6 years ago

There is some truth to that, howerer there is also a solution. A regular bathroom fixture that uses 60 watt bulbs (useage) with these bulbs put into a 4 light bulb fixture uses 240 watts per hour while you are using the bathroom. Use the exact same fixture to get the same amount of light will require 4 floresent bulbs with 100 watts equivilant lumins each to get the eqivilant light. Now here is the important part: Each of these 100 watt bulbs requires only 24 watts each. 4 times 24 watts = 96 watts of usage and does not overload the capacity of the fixture reated at 240 Max watts. 240 watts minus 96 watts used equals a savings of 144 watts for every hour you leave the bathroom light on. Leave the light on eery day for 10 hours x 30 days and you save just for easy math this amount. This 1 fixture will save you just over 43 KW per month @ 9 Cents per KW = $4.07 ea month. 12 months = $36 for this 1 fixture.

jafs 6 years ago

In my experience, the equivalent wattage is quite accurate.

BruceWayne 6 years ago

i will be walking a petition in regards to the light pollution you are generating. shout HYPOCRITE!

JerryStubbs 6 years ago

You should really try one of these:

They are worth the money. If you compare the life/dollar and the lumens, they are already ahead of CFLs.

This bulb is a great replacement for any 13watt CFL. LOoks better, lasts longer, uses less electricity.

jafs 6 years ago

That looks interesting.

But a number of reviews state they don't work as advertised, and that it would be better to wait until LED technology has advanced a bit.

JerryStubbs 6 years ago

Most of the reviews are good, and one states they would compare the LED to a 60 or 100 watt bulb. I think that is stretching it a bit, but this bulb has an excellent bright light, very pleasant color, and the price is reasonable for what you get if you compare it to a CFL

slowplay 6 years ago

Q: How many Republicans does it take to screw in a light bulb? A: None, they only screw the country.

Q: How Many Democrates Does It Take To Change A Light Bulb? A: None. They haven't changed anything in years.

lighthouse10 6 years ago

All lights have advantages and disadvantages - none should be banned just for using more energy. Even if there were energy savings: Citizens pay for the electricity they use, there is no energy shortage justifying usage limitation on citizens, and if there was a shortage of finite coal/oil/gas, their price rise limits their use anyway - without legislation. Emissions? Light bulbs don't give out CO2 gas -power plants might. If there is an energy supply/emissions problem - deal with the problem!

p> has extensive research on why the regulation arguments are wrong, including that the supposed energy savings are not there anyway, with US Dept of Energy references Under 1% overall energy savings from efficiency regulations on incandescent lights.

Blessed4x 6 years ago

How are these new bulbs disposed of? And by that, I mean, when you drop one off at HD what happens after that? How is the mercury contained and disposed of? I have a feeling you're all being dupped. It reminds me of the paper recycling at work, stay late enough and you'll see the janitor upend the paper recycling container into the bin with all the other trash. But then, we ARE only worried about feeling good about our decisions. Personally I love how long the new bulbs last, but I refuse to put them anywhere where I will be reading. The light they give off is just plain awful.

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