Compact fluorescent light bulbs are the most popular replacement for the incandescent light bulbs invented by Thomas Edison back in 1879. The good old standard light bulbs are beloved by many of us. Unfortunately, they do not meet the energy efficient standards set by the U.S. Congress in 2007 and will soon be phased out. This will begin in 2012 starting with the 100 watt bulb. In the next two following years, the 75, 60 and 40 watts will leave store shelves. Some people are purchasing a supply of these bulbs to use in the future because of some complaints that they have about the newer fluorescent ones.
Compact fluorescent light bulbs are slow to light up. They take their time getting to full brightness. Often, lights are not on long enough to get to that point. In colder climates, they sometimes never reach full capacity. They also do not work with dimmer switches. These things can be annoying.
Many people do not like the color of compact fluorescent light bulbs. They prefer the brightness of the incandescent light bulbs. This is especially true for people who do detailed work like artists. The lighting seems so much better. Manufacturers have been working on improving the colors of the newer more energy efficient ones in order to please consumers.
When the compact fluorescent light bulbs first came out, they were expensive. Even though they were suppose to save money in the long run because they last longer, people still could not afford them. Recently, the cost has dropped and they are becoming more popular to purchase. Some utility companies have been paying subsidies to manufacturers to make them more affordable.
The Compact fluorescent light bulbs have tiny amounts of mercury in them, which is toxic. People worry that broken bulbs will contaminate their homes with the mercury. It is true that it can spread throughout a home if precautions are not taken. The broken bulb needs to be cleaned up immediately and all pieces and the mercury have to be put in a plastic bag. The windows needs to be opened to air out the house for several hours after a break.
Some individuals do not believe that politicians and the government should have that much control over how they choose to light up their homes. They oppose the new law and the phase out of the incandescent light bulbs. There are groups that are working toward repealing the 2007 law and have started a petition. Those who fear nothing will change, continue to hoard the standard bulbs and refuse to use the compact fluorescent light bulbs.
Interesting list and I love all the comments that this one garnered. I am for reducing my carbon footprint and that includes reducing the amount of energy I consume, but even I weigh the responsibility with the cost.
The mercury is the only thing that bothers me about them. I am saving so much money on my electric bill since I switched.
I read this list with interest becasue I AM a fan of compact flourescents. Your arguments are certainly valid. (As an example, we have 1 CF bulb and 1 incandescent in our laundry room fixture to eliminate the problem Joyce describes.) I'm looking forward to the prices coming down on the LEDs!
I'm not a fan of flourscents although my husband is. They hurt my eyes.
Great list on light bulbs! I didn't realize the law effected the home owners. I thought the complaints was for government buildings burning our tax money up. Ping Ya
My house is 157 years old and these things just don't work over here. They burn out SO quickly.
Thank you. I am not a fan of these light bulbs, I will resist them as long as possible.
The health risks are huge. Thanks for this list!
I agree 100% with this List My Five article. A relative installed some of these bulbs -- as a "favor" -- in my laundry/utility room. Sometimes I need to flick the switch for a quick 30 seconds of light. I can no longer do that. I now need to use the incandescent light from the adjoining powder room.
I have to agree with the slow to light up. We have one in the bathroom that takes awhile to light up. Nice list.
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