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June 13th, 2008, 10:43 AM
Tammyjh's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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For the Maine study, researchers shattered 65 compact fluorescents to test air quality and cleanup methods. They found that, in many cases, immediately after the bulb was broken - and sometimes even after a cleanup was attempted - levels of mercury vapor exceeded federal guidelines for chronic exposure by as much as 100 times.


Do you have them? Will you continue to buy them?
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June 13th, 2008, 11:40 AM
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This was brought to my attention a few months back and I have to admit I have been hesitant to buy them ever since. The other issue is that while they may be good environmentally *here* becuase they lower our power usage, they aren't so good environmentally where they are produced, ie. India and China, because of pollutants created during manufacturing and low regulation overseeing manufacturing in such countries. So, we get lower power bills ... other places get polluted water, air and soil. The environmental benefit globally seems a bit off to me ...

DH and I try to stick to the old-fashioned power saving rule: turn them off! If you aren't using them, it doesn't really matter which kind you are using.

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June 15th, 2008, 11:51 PM
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They're phasing out the old lightbulbs in Ontario and making them illegal, so we're all being forced to switch to these energy saver ones. How reassuring...

I've also heard they're not so efficient in colder climates, because the old bulbs give off so much heat they actually help heat your home... thereby allowing you to keep your thermostat lower and save energy there.
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June 16th, 2008, 08:13 AM
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I heard about this on the news one night, and I'm torn over whether to use them or not. I don't like them personally, no matter the wattage the light is different from that of a "regular" bulb, and I find I just can't see with them.

The Mercury in the bothers me, and after reading that link, it all bothers me moreso.

BUT... they've cut down the power bill here by 50% in the last year (which is great, because these people leave all the lights on anyways).
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June 16th, 2008, 11:12 AM
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I will probably still use them. Anything I can do to save a penny. My electric bill usually runs 200-275.
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June 16th, 2008, 11:36 AM
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I don't use them and really do not want to start.

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June 16th, 2008, 09:10 PM
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I use them and we will continue to use them if it saves us money.
We will just be extra careful if one breaks.

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June 17th, 2008, 10:57 AM
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Every bulb in my house is an energy saver. They do not shatter as easily as standard light bulbs. I have never had one broken yet. That is good to know though to make sure to handle them with more care.
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June 19th, 2008, 09:06 PM
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Every bulb in my house is an energy saver. They do not shatter as easily as standard light bulbs. I have never had one broken yet. That is good to know though to make sure to handle them with more care.[/b]
Me too - and we have also never had one break.

I do agree I preferred my regular bulb's light - it just seemed softer & brighter...but Oh well.....I think eventually they will figure out how to improve these too. I do hate that they aren't environmentally friendly in mfg....it makes me wonder if there is a good solution other than beeswax candles...
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