I Hate Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

When I first moved in with Junglemonkey I was surprised at how frequently I had to change lightbulbs. It seemed as though at least once a month and frequently more often than that there’d be a burned-out lamp that needed replacing. Living on my own, I’d go for maybe a year before having to replace a light bulb. Part of this difference, of course, is that a family of four turns lights off and on more times per day than a single person; maybe not four times as many, but still more. Another difference is that a three bedroom house has more light fixtures than a one bedroom apartment. Even so, it seems my family burns out bulbs more frequently than we did when I was a kid, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a lightbulb actually work as long as the packaging claims it will, before or after I became a family man.

Now there’s this big push to move everyone to using compact fluorescent bulbs. In San Francisco, the main lighting in a given room may not be incandescent! But what the heck is this in aid of? The bulbs do not last any longer than the incandescents they replace, and they’re more expensive to purchase. They’re toxic (the fluorescent tube has mercury in it) and can’t be thrown away. The light is nasty. So what if they use a little less electricity? My new fridge, water heater, furnace, washer, and dryer – these all use way more energy than my lightbulbs.

Frankly, I’d rather use candles and oil lamps.

2 responses »

  1. Hi pirateguillermo, everything you state about Compact Fluorescent Lamps [CFLs] is sadly true. There are many poor quality CFLs on the market that are making people lose confidence in energy saving products. LED lamps are much more stable than CFLs. We now have LEDs in the UK that are guaranteed for 10 years. This is the best LED down light available now

    http://www.fireguard-led.co.uk/product-info

    UK voltage is 230V 50Hz and USA is 120V 60Hz so in many places your power ratings are different to ours.

    It may be a good idea to get an Electrician to check if you are getting power surges. These can cause electrical equipment to fail. These power surges can be more intense if your property is close to an electrical sub-station or large factories/offices/shops. Electrical supply voltages fluctuate depending on how much power is drawn off by users. When the large users shut off demand all other people using electricity get a few extra volts the probably don’t want, but will be billed for through their meter. Let me know how you get on. Thanks.

  2. I hate these things – especially because they kill the gentle, romantic warm yellow lighting that brings memories of color & softness to the night. If I ever allow one to replace my carbon filiment bulbs or incandescent bulbs iun my house – put me out of my misery!

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