Send Your Light Bulbs To Washington
All light bulbs have usage advantages. People should feel perfectly free to use and enjoy CFLs and LEDs along with incandescents.
But pushing the use of any bulb is wrong: And CFLs are being pushed on consumers, in energy saving campaigns, in CFL replacement programs, and lately also via regulations, as the only practical replacement alternative, which also happens to be more profitable for the light bulb manufacturers.
"Hey, you can still use energy efficient incandescents like Halogens, and LEDs that show such promise!!" Certainly - as said - all light bulbs have their advantages. But that does not make them worthy replacements.
Replacement Halogen and similar incandescents are still different from simple incandescents in light quality and other respects, apart from costing much more for marginal savings, which is why neither consumers or politicians like them much. No "Halogen replacement program" in any American state!
Besides: All known general service incandescents including touted Halogens will progressively be banned on the enacted EISA 45 lumen per W end regulation standard. That's right. The politicians don't tell you that. USA regulations including updates on repeal bills in local states (legislated Texas June 2011)
LEDs meanwhile have still greater differences, cost much more, and have particular development issues around brightness, omnidirectionality, and broad spectrum light quality.
That is why the replacement push is to use CFLs - as also seen in post-ban Europe. Unfortunately, whatever the CFL energy saving advantages, politicians also choose to hide, obfuscate, or ignore the disadvantages relating to this type of lighting.Therefore this blog seeks to highlight some of these issues, with appropriate references. Not least of which is the issue of CFL disposal:
Improper disposal of compact fluorescent light bulbs is dangerous to your family and to the environment. In some states, it is illegal to put these light bulbs in your trash. It's easy to dispose of compact fluorescent light bulbs properly. Just send them to your Senator or Congressman in Washington. Or send them to the EPA.
Monthly Archives: August 2009
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Writer and commentator John Walsh says what lots of people are probably thinking about the European Union’s ban of incandescent light bulbs: From a week today I shall be a marked man. An outlaw. A renegade, beyond the reach of … Continue reading
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An Associated Press story about mercury pollution in the United States has this shocking news: No fish can escape mercury pollution. That’s the take-home message from a federal study of mercury contamination released Wednesday that tested fish from nearly 300 … Continue reading
Kate Kelly’s very informative Huffington Post piece about compact flourescent light bulbs tells us this: In 2008 industry experts reported that only 2 percent of all CFL bulbs were being recycled. Fluorescent bulbs that are not recycled go into the … Continue reading
Proponents of compact fluorescent light bulbs often play down the fact that these light bulbs contain mercury, a dangerous neurotoxin. For example, Cindi Hinton dishes out this nonsense on Examiner.com: They only contain 1.4 to 4 milligrams of mercury. That’s … Continue reading
Richard Kaplan, the mayor of Lauderhill, Florida, had what he thought was a good idea to reduce his city’s lighting bill. A story in the Sun Sentinel explains the idea: why not use federal stimulus dollars to pay for swapping … Continue reading
Two days ago we wrote about a Canadian “environmentalist” group’s plan to distribute 2,000 dangerous compact fluorescent light bulbs in Bloomfield, New Jersey. It turns out we only scratched the surface on Project Porchlight’s attempt to spread hazardous mercury to … Continue reading