Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

August 17, 2007 at 12:19 pm | Posted in environment, technology | 3 Comments

Here’s a short article about the guy who invented them in the 1970’s.

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  1. CFLs are great for saving electricity, but I’m not so sure about being environmentally friendly. Like all other fluorescent bulbs, they contain mercury. When a CFL burns out, you are supposed to (sometimes by law) take it to a hazardous waste reclamation center. And if one breaks, and you decide to alert the authorities (as the law requires), it can cost thousands of dollars for the haz-mat cleanup.

    Personally, I’m waiting for the LED bulbs to get a bit more efficient and more cost effective. They don’t contain hazardous substances (although they should probably be recycled, like other electronics), and dimmer switches work with them.

  2. Now THAT’S something I miss about incandescent bulbs — dimmer switches! I’ll definitely be looking to switch to LEDs for the lights in my house with dimmer switches.

    Which are … none. None yet, that is. 🙂

  3. Speaking of dimmers, a few years ago, I installed one of these in my bedroom.

    It’s a pretty expensive light switch (about $60), but I love having the remote control. I can simply pick up the remote on my nightstand and turn the room’s main lights on and off.


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