Posts Tagged ‘compact fluorescents’

The 100-watt bulb will still be legal in 2012

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Congress overturns incandescent light bulb ban

Congressional negotiators struck a deal Thursday that overturns the new rules that were to have banned sales of traditional incandescent light bulbs beginning next year.

That agreement is tucked inside the massive 1,200-page spending bill that funds the government through the rest of this fiscal year, and which both houses of Congress will vote on Friday. Mr. Obama is expected to sign the bill, which heads off a looming government shutdown.

The Dems haven’t passed a budget in 3 years, but I won’t look like Lilly Munster – hooray!


Compact fluorescents not the brightest bulbs

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

The Wall Street Journal sheds a jaundiced light at the compact fluorescent bulb:
The New Light Bulbs Lose a Little Shine
Compact Fluorescent Lamps Burn Out Faster Than Expected, Limiting Energy Savings in California’s Efficiency Program
(emphasis added)

California’s utilities are spending $548 million over seven years to subsidize consumer purchases of compact fluorescent lamps. But the benefits are turning out to be less than expected.

One reason is that bulbs have gotten so cheap that Californians buy more than they need and sock them away for future use. Another reason is that the bulbs are burning out faster than expected.

Here’s what the compact fluorescents are supposed to do in theory,

Here’s what happened at casa de Fausta: I went to Lowe’s, purchased a box of three CFs, replaced a burned-out incandescent that had been working well for four years with one of the CFs, and turned on the light.

The CF turned on, flickered, and died.

Until some good LEDs are readily available, I’ll keep using incandescents, thank you.

Cross-posted at The Green Room