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#305818 - 10/21/08 10:43 PM Energy saver light bulbs
tacogirl Offline
Has anyone sourced out the cheapest place to buy Energy saver light bulbs?

Would like to eventually switch all ours over going bit by bit right now.

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#305831 - 10/21/08 11:32 PM Re: Energy saver light bulbs [Re: tacogirl]
Moby Offline
Just remember that these cool neon energy saving lightbulbs don't kill the bugs the way regular lightbulbs do.

Edited by Moby (10/21/08 11:32 PM)

#305850 - 10/22/08 01:11 AM Re: Energy saver light bulbs [Re: Moby]
Peter Jones Offline
Nor do they attract them the same way.

#305853 - 10/22/08 02:08 AM Re: Energy saver light bulbs [Re: Peter Jones]
Moby Offline
I don't know, I see tiny little bugs crawling all over the ones I have.

#305866 - 10/22/08 08:09 AM Re: Energy saver light bulbs [Re: Moby]
dogmatic prevaricator Offline
I changed over to totally CFLs about 6 months ago.. Haven't been to the tanning salon since.
If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you've never tried before.

#305868 - 10/22/08 08:19 AM Re: Energy saver light bulbs [Re: tacogirl]
ragman Online   content
tacogirl, Home Depot in the US has had them on sale for quite some time now. They where priced according to wattage but if I remember correctly it was about $5 for 4 - 13W = 60W bulbs. I have recessed flood lights in the kitchen and they did cost a little more. I just completed switching over most of the lights in our home. It is the right thing to do.
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#305874 - 10/22/08 09:11 AM Re: Energy saver light bulbs [Re: ragman]
dogmatic prevaricator Offline
Something to consider.

Most of the following information was cut and pasted from a website, which has been my general experience with CFLs. I'm down for saving energy, but as Capt. Jeff says, "is the juice worth the squeeze?"

Most CFL's contain about 5 mg of mercury. They are supposed to be disposed of as hazardous waste, but there is no program to take them. (Home Depot does have a collection point and the bags to discard the used CFLs.)

They need a careful cleanup procedure if you break one.

If you use them in an enclosed fixture, or base up in the ceiling, the electronics get hot, and its life is reduced. I couldn't find out by how much.

There are many manufacturers, and you can't tell how long a brand is going to last, or how it reacts to heat or on/off cycles. You need to trust, or you can always pay more for a higher quality CFL.

They are somewhat longer and wider than a regular bulb, so they don't fit everywhere.

Many CFL's, especially the $5 ones, have a slow start-up. It takes them 30 seconds to 3 minutes to fully light up. If you use them outdoors in the cold, some of them never fully light up, or they don't start at all.

You can't use the cheap CFL's with a dimmer, but there are some that will work.

CFL's are fluorescent. Some people get headaches from the light, or they see the 60 cycle flicker and can't read by them, or they hate the color of the light, or they hear a faint buzz.
CFL's get 20% dimmer as they age toward failure.

Some people never need to go to the tanning salon again after a complete change out of bulbs.

A house has many bulbs that are almost never used. It makes no sense to place $5 bulbs in those locations, rather than a $.50 bulb that will last for 5 years anyway.
If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you've never tried before.

#305878 - 10/22/08 09:16 AM Re: Energy saver light bulbs [Re: dogmatic prevaricator]
sweetjane Offline
thanks for the info. i didn't know where a collection ctr was.

Target also carries inexpensive multi-packs. yes, they take longer to come up, but you get used to it fairly quickly.

we changed out all our bulbs well over a year ago, and not one has burnt out yet.

#305879 - 10/22/08 09:19 AM Re: Energy saver light bulbs [Re: dogmatic prevaricator]
JRinSC Offline
I agree, Dogmatic. whistle In most cases I don't see the value. We use them in my wife's store and she is constantly changing them. Five year life, my rear!! mad


#305881 - 10/22/08 09:23 AM Re: Energy saver light bulbs [Re: JRinSC]
sweetjane Offline
again, i haven't had one burn out yet. ???

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