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Saving energy -new tech light bulbs. My mistake..oops..

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

For the basement when I had more lights put in, I bought lightbulbs. I thought I was getting energy saving bulbs. I bought quite a few. Well they blew out fast! And they gave very little light.

Also, on the clearance rack at a local store were compact fluorescents. I bought a couple. Oops!

To explain things better, I came across something on facebook .I just read this:

"Forget compact fluorescents that everyone complains about, they were an interim technology. emoticon

emoticon Go straight to LED bulbs emoticon ;
they are now affordable, they last almost forever, they use a fraction of the electricity of incandescents. No mercury, either."

So now I understand better. I was lead astray by ads before! Darn!

I know some people who redid their whole house with the compact fluorescents! Thank goodness I did not do that!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LAURANCE 11/21/2013 8:34PM

  I prefer old ordinary light bulbs. Those CF things don't last any longer, and there's the problem of disposing them.

I used a CF bulb over my cookstove, and it did something weird to the cover over the fixture.

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NANCYPAT1 11/21/2013 6:01AM

    Thanks for sharing this update on the light bulbs

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ARTJAC 11/21/2013 3:20AM


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PYNETREE 11/20/2013 8:57AM

    We are just confused by everything you read! We are using old incandesent lightbulbs, and as they go, replaced them with CF's, and just last week bought a few LED's.
So we shall see how these work out. emoticon

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SHARON10002 11/19/2013 10:36PM

    Guilty as charged! I have them throughout my house, and they are going strong! As they burn out I am looking at LEDs, but I don't like the light they give off - too bright and harsh.

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2HAMSDIET 11/19/2013 9:05PM


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DJ4HEALTH 11/19/2013 8:06PM

    Make sure that you get a good bag to get rid of fluorescent lights because if you break them it will release that toxic poison in your room or garbage can. It can transfer to your body too., It sticks around for a long time.

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ALIHIKES 11/19/2013 8:01PM

    The LED bulbs that I purchased overheated and exploded into tiny glass shards all over the carpet. I use CFs; in my experience they last forever but are do not emit bright light

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 11/19/2013 6:50PM

    There IS a problem with LED bulbs though. They do NOT put out the light factor that helps one wake up. In fact they are recommended for people who want to have plenty of light on late at night that will not interfere with the production of melatonin production. So, if you are using these light bulbs as your main light source, you WILL be producing melatonin. Probably when you don't want to be. Probably when you really would prefer to be wide awake and alert.

For someone with Seasonal Affective Disorder these bulbs would be a disaster. For someone with Delayed Sleep Disorder, these light bulbs are wonderful to use in your bedroom lamps, as they will not interfere with melatonin production.

So, there may be a place for them. And, there definitely are times not to use them.

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FROSTY99 11/19/2013 6:50PM

    Like someone else commented, we tried the CFs and DH got terrible headaches so soon got rid of them. I am still on the fence about the LEDs. I too like the old fashioned bulbs!

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CATLADY52 11/19/2013 6:44PM

    I'm thinking of replacing the light over my desk from CFL to LED. It flickers every so often and is driving me nuts. emoticon

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VONBLACKBIRD 11/19/2013 5:40PM

    We went to the florescent lights and as soon as these burn out and we use up what we have, we are going to LED.

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COCK-ROBIN 11/19/2013 2:48PM

    Thanks for telling me. I'll remember that.

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HEALTHIERKEN 11/19/2013 2:40PM

    I, too, am finding an irony in that my old incandescent bulbs are still humming along even after years and years of use. The good thing is they don't all give up at the same time, so converting to energy efficient ones is a gradual process, and there are increasing choices among LED's so by the time I've replaced all my incandescents I'll be keeping up with the improvements as they come along!

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LIVENOW2012B 11/19/2013 2:06PM

    We can't use CF bulbs. They give DH headaches, and you should see what they did to the vinyl tile on our floor! They changed it from brown to green!

We are going to try to get some LED bulbs as soon as possible, but I think they are still a little too expensive for us to get them yet.

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MADEIT3 11/19/2013 12:41PM

    I'm waiting for the new light bulbs - but so far, my old incandescent bulbs are going strong. Let us know how the LED turn out!

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MANDIETERRIER1 11/19/2013 12:11PM

    I have had the opposite happen. Put in compact fluorescents in 2005 and they haven't burned out yet.

Can't wait to try the LED because they provide such a bright light in such a small package.

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JUSTYNA7 11/19/2013 11:27AM

    I KNOW! Not only that but we realized my DD has Irlin Syndrom and her migraines are triggered by flurescent lights. We are trying the LED's now... but honestly I don't like them. Our first light bulbs used to last forever. I wish they would go BACK to the old technology which gave us pleasant, inexpensive and sustained light!

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