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.
Q. Why should I send used and broken compact fluorescent light bulbs to Washington? A. The Clean Energy Act of 2007 effectively banned the use of most incandescent light bulbs by 2014. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 requires all general purpose light bulbs to be 30% more efficient than current incandescent bulbs by 2014, and 70% more efficient by 2020. This effectively forces many Americans to use compact fluorescent light bulbs. Improper disposal of compact fluorescent light bulbs can cause serious health problems and environmental damage. If Washington is smart enough to tell us what kind of light bulbs to use, they’re smart enough to dispose of our light bulbs. Washington threw the light bulb disposal problem in your lap. Wouldn’t you love to throw the problem back to Washington? Q. Will the Post Office mail packages containing compact fluorescent light bulbs? A. Yes, and they’re proud of it. This is from the Post Office’s 2008 Annual Report: “We’re working with other companies, agencies and organizations in mail-back programs that recycle and dispose of small electronics, compact fluorescent lamps, and discarded or expired pharmaceuticals.” This is from their 2007 Comprehensive Statement of Operations: “Through partnerships with business and government, mail is being used to properly dispose of products that might otherwise be harmful to the environment including computer equipment, printer supplies, cell phones, rechargeable batteries, compact fluorescent light bulbs, and prescription drugs.” Q. Will Federal Express mail packages containing compact fluorescent light bulbs. A. Yes. Q. Will UPS mail packages containing compact fluorescent light bulbs. A. Yes.