Friday, September 1, 2006

Mixed Results with Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

Slublog is advocating the installation of compact fluorescent bulbs as a way to save energy. He even goes so far as to propose government intervention through tax rebates to encourage the practice.

Actually, they were giving out rebates at the Wal-Mart in Rockland, Maine for compact fluorescents at some point last year, so Rowan and I loaded up on them. They said the rebate money was coming from the state, not the manufacturer, so they needed our NAZ. I don't know if that's still going on. One of the best ones we got was a three-way bulb which we sometimes leave on the lowest setting as a night light, since it gives off more light for the same wattage.

There's a compact fluorescent in our laundry room that started life as my reading lamp bulb fifteen years ago. It was one of the first generation of the bulbs, and is much much larger than the curlycue ones you buy today. It's dimmed to the point that it's not really good for reading, but it's fine for where it is now.

The one set of cf bulbs we bought that disappointed us greatly were ones designed to be used on dimmer switch circuits. They all bit the dust within a few months. And they had cost at least twice as much as the standard cf bulbs. At that rate, they're uneconomical, and likely a worse environmental strain than standard incandescents due to the need to recapture the mercury in them when they're discarded.



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