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27 March 2008 @ 08:26 am
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Did you know that incandescent light bulbs will be phased off the U.S. market beginning in 2012? I didn't.
dd-bdd_b on March 27th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
Wouldn't be shocked if this was like the first time or two they were going to shut down terrestrial broadcast television. Too many people have installed electronic switches and dimmers that aren't compatible with compact fluorescent bulbs at the moment (and I'm currently playing with some "dimmable" CFs, and I'm not impressed; though at least they work at the higher power settings on the X10 switch).
Doug Fauntn6tqs on March 27th, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
I'm still looking for the right CFL to replace the bulb in the refrigerator. Otherwise, I'm on CFL's or halogen bulbs totally.
Dimmables aren't great yet, but they do work.

And I'm working out the motion-activated light problem. LED's might be the answer, but they're either pricey or require hacks (or both).
And an LED bulb is probably the right answer for the 'fridge, too.

BTW, I do know that refrigerator light bulbs are exempt,as are the halogen bulbs, but I'm a completist.

Edited at 2008-03-27 04:35 pm (UTC)
scarlettinascarlettina on March 27th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
Yep. But the only reason I know that is because of where I work. I'm going to miss them. The new bulbs, I hope, will be as easy on the eyes. But I'll have to see it to believe it.
billeylerbilleyler on March 27th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
I did, but I'm wondering how effective that will be. There are so many other incandescent bulb uses other than just in general home lighting...types that aren't compatible at all with current fixtures.
Doug Fauntn6tqs on March 27th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
Many type of incandescent bulbs in specialized applications, including 3-way bulbs, are exempt. OTOH, some current building codes already mandate efficient lighting in new installations (and people are spending money to bypass those codes, too).

One one of our local neighborhood mailing lists, someone was complaining about their electric bill and rates. When asked about CFL's, they immediately started making excuses as to why they didn't use them.

billeylerbilleyler on March 27th, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
That's just crazy...

I've retroed about 60% of our household lighting to the CFLs. The rest are on dimmers or are specialized lighting (like the bathroom bulbs).

We'll all get used to it soon enough.
CJ Smithcjsmith on March 27th, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
It is a serious pain in the butt to get CFL bulbs that do as well -- on the eyes, on candlepower (the packaging LIES!), and on acceptable color range -- as a preexisting incandescent. Rob and I spent weeks messing with CFLs in our living room in order to get something we could live with. Putting one side-by-side with an incandescent in matching fixtures was very educational. The packaging LIES.

But now we have them, so, eh. Now I just hope we don't have to deal with throwing them away for a while. There will be mercury in landfills, O Great Idealistic Politicians. I mean, hello. There will. Dunno what anyone's going to do about that.
Ulrikaakirlu on March 27th, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
Yes, we swapped back to incandescent bulbs in the bedroom ceiling fixture, because I so deeply disliked the color cast by the compact fluorescents in there. Maybe there's a CF bulb that doesn't turn the walls neon-custard colored, but so far, we haven't found it. And I'm not ready to re-paint.

About the only thing municipal governments can do about mercury in landfills is to make it trivial -- mindlessly easy -- to recycle hazardous household waste. They should be doing that, anyway. There will still be heavy metals in the landfills, but less.
katybeth on March 28th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
Our Ikea had a bin for recycling CFLs.
Ulrikaakirlu on March 28th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
Yep, our Ikea does multiple recycling efforts, including batteries and electronics, and kudos to them for that, but for most people the local Ikea will be a rare, special trip, which means they have to hang onto their recyclables until they make that trip, and then remember to bring them. It ought to be easier than that.
the laughing leaping waterminnehaha on March 27th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)
'Bout time.

seventorchesseventorches on March 27th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
I like the compact flourescents, but you can't put them in enclosed lamps because they burn out. Also, Alan Clark tells me that fluorescent light is bad for the pigments in any art, book covers, anything colored you have in the area--it fades them in a way the incandescents don't.
farmgirl1146farmgirl1146 on March 28th, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC)
And we were all supposed to be metric by 1980, or something like that. I am told that there are significant manufacturing pollution problems with fluorescent bulbs. I have been to busy to check out what that may be.