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Old November 10th, 2010, 05:22 PM   #1
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So incandescent light bulbs are going to be illegal soon, thanks to the Government. CFL's will be your only option, til the price of LED bulbs come down so we can actually afford them. In the meantime, CFL's contain Mercury. The Government has given us some helpful hints on what to do if one breaks in your home. Good thing they are looking out for us.

http://www.epa.gov/cfl/cflcleanup.html

Some of the things they want you to know...

Before Cleanup: Air Out the Room

* Have people and pets leave the room, and don't let anyone walk through the breakage area on their way out.
* Open a window and leave the room for 15 minutes or more.
* Shut off the central forced-air heating/air conditioning system, if you have one.

Hope it doesn't happen in the middle of winter


Cleanup Steps for Carpeting or Rug

* Carefully pick up glass fragments and place them in a glass jar with metal lid (such as a canning jar) or in a sealed plastic bag.
* Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and powder.

Cleanup Steps for Clothing, Bedding and Other Soft Materials

* If clothing or bedding materials come in direct contact with broken glass or mercury-containing powder from inside the bulb that may stick to the fabric, the clothing or bedding should be thrown away.

Yeah, since everyone can just throw away
bedding and buy new stuff


Disposal of Cleanup Materials

* Check with your local or state government about disposal requirements in your specific area. Some states do not allow such trash disposal. Instead, they require that broken and unbroken mercury-containing bulbs be taken to a local recycling center.

No problem

Future Cleaning of Carpeting or Rug: Air Out the Room During and After Vacuuming

* The next several times you vacuum, shut off the central forced-air heating/air conditioning system and open a window before vacuuming.
* Keep the central heating/air conditioning system shut off and the window open for at least 15 minutes after vacuuming is completed.

Don't vacuum in the winter, either


Yep, good thing we won't be able to have those pesky incandescent bulbs anymore.

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Old November 10th, 2010, 05:33 PM   #2
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1 It's not that easy to break a CFL.

2 I don't remember the last time I was around any light bulb that got broken. Except in the garage.

3 They are almost as cheap now, are way more energy efficient, Last a lot longer.

4 Pretend they are breakable when you handle them and maybe they won't break.
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Old November 10th, 2010, 06:05 PM   #3
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most of the bulbs in our house already are cfl's- i cant remember having any of them break... ever..... about the only things in our house that are not are the bulbs on a dimmer, the cfl's don't seem to dim very well

we looked at some lcd flood lights- like 70 bucks! and they dont use much less energy than the funky cfl floodlights we have- so we arent gonna switch them yet....
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Old November 10th, 2010, 06:30 PM   #4
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Be careful buying cheap cfls. I have seen 4 start fires in the last 6 months.
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I have had several "blow out", the glass tube get a hole blown through it right at the base of the igniter.
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CFL's
Penny-wise & pound-foolish.

None of the ones I've purchased seem to last any longer than the incandescents replaced. They suck in the cold and don't play well with your light switches either.

A brief stop on our way to LED lighting.
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Be careful buying cheap cfls. I have seen 4 start fires in the last 6 months.
x2 , the hotel i use to work at switched over to CFL and a few of them actually did catch fire , a few others actually got so hot that the glue holding the glass in got soft and the glass damn near fell out , these ones were around 7bucks a peice
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All the bulbs in my lamps and most of my ceiling fixtures are CFL and have been in place for 3 or 4 years. I have a few that I have had in a few lamps for about 8 or 9 years now. I've never replaced any of them or had a single one break.

I've looked at LCD and LED for my outdoor flood lights and porch lights but damn are they expensive! I've started to switch them over as the incandescent bulbs blow (which seems to happen very quickly on my outdoor lights for some reason) and they do seem to last a lot longer but I've only got a few changed so far...
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CFL's
Penny-wise & pound-foolish.

None of the ones I've purchased seem to last any longer than the incandescents replaced. They suck in the cold and don't play well with your light switches either.

A brief stop on our way to LED lighting.
x2 . . . they don't seem to last!

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All the bulbs in my lamps and most of my ceiling fixtures are CFL and have been in place for 3 or 4 years. I have a few that I have had in a few lamps for about 8 or 9 years now. I've never replaced any of them or had a single one break.
I need to start buying at the same place you are
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I've never had one go out. I'd agree with others, stay away from the mega cheap ones.
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Old November 11th, 2010, 11:20 AM   #11
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and not a word about the fact that the Federal government has no authority to outlaw a light bulbs in the first place.

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I use CFL's in the house where we don't have low voltage halogen. Many have been going on two years now with no replacement. I've had two on the face of the garage that are more than a year old. They run from dusk till dawn.

I have a weird addiction to LED lights, but can't afford to switch the house over yet *lol* I do have LED strip lights under the cabinets, and they run pretty much all the time.

Incandescent bulbs will be around for a long time. Probably re-labeled space heaters or the like.
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* If clothing or bedding materials come in direct contact with broken glass or mercury-containing powder from inside the bulb that may stick to the fabric, the clothing or bedding should be thrown away.

Yeah, since everyone can just throw away
bedding and by new stuff
I don't care what type of bulb or glass or mirror, etc you break on your bedding, you should pitch it. You'll never get all the pieces out of it.
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I've never had one go out. I'd agree with others, stay away from the mega cheap ones.
I've never had 'em last more than a couple of months. Even the $7-9/bulb versions from Home Depot. (if I recall correctly, tried GE & Sylvania brands)

they also suck donkey balls outside in the cold. I tried and tried to use 'em on the front porch, and garage lights and in the winter months they don't even last a week.

I'll be happy to switch to LED's when their price becomes more realistic
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I've never had 'em last more than a couple of months. Even the $7-9/bulb versions from Home Depot. (if I recall correctly, tried GE & Sylvania brands)

they also suck donkey balls outside in the cold. I tried and tried to use 'em on the front porch, and garage lights and in the winter months they don't even last a week.

I'll be happy to switch to LED's when their price becomes more realistic
Seriously? You've never had a CFL last longer than 2 months? I call BS. I've been running nothing but CFL's inside for over 2 years and haven't had a problem. I also have them outside and in my non-insulated garage.
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I have been using CFLs (only 2) for about the last 8 days and haven't blown a bulb yet.
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I think I have had one bulb go bad out of 15 or so in the last 3 years. They do suck for outside in the winter. They can also be finicky with such applications as a motion sensing porch light.

I hear nothing but bad things about the dimmable ones, like they only last a very short time.
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LED's will be the way to go when they get cheaper. WE have all Incandescent. Can't stand the CFL's.
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I know the CFLs take a while to warm up and get to full brightness outside in the winter months but I've had the same one in my porch light for 2 or 3 years and it keeps working. It might be because it rarely gets turned off.

I've been slowly switching over to them for the last 4 years as my incandescents burn out. I have yet to replace a CFL.
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