Lights go down on the 100-watt bulb

  • Article by: DAVID SHAFFER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 1, 2012 - 7:37 PM

Shelves are stocked with high-efficiency choices, but they require more money up front.

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twincitizen1Jan. 1, 12 8:09 PM

Just picked up a few boxes of 13W CFLs (60W equivalent) on mega sale at my local Ace Hardware. Less than a buck a bulb. We should push for recycling companies to accept used CFLs so they don't end up in landfills. People just don't care enough to drop used bulbs off at some haz waste site, we need recycling to be as easy as possible. Every single ounce we can keep out of landfills makes a difference.

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StarquestJan. 1, 12 8:26 PM

Oh, just what I need! To bring LIGHT BULBS with me when I move! This light bulb law was an enormous giveaway to big business.

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smittyjsJan. 1, 12 9:41 PM

I have been stocking up on incandesent bulbs.... the light from the CFL's is atrocious. They may be energy efficient but the light is no where near natural and they never last as long as the package says they will nor do they put out as much light as they are supposed to. The halogen put out nice light but use at least as much energy and lots of heat. LED's are just too expensive even though they say they will last thousands of hours, they should for the $20+ cost. Sure the manufacturer's are supporting this with the profit on incandescent bulbs at a few cents the CFL has got to be much more and LED a huge profit maker. If the CFL gets broke you almost need to call in a hasmat team to clean up and how many of these are going into peoples garbage?

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martymailJan. 1, 12 9:44 PM

Great. My local hardware carries CFLs, all made in china. Ship a few more jobs over there. (The incandescent bulbs were made in Virginia)

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torligeJan. 1, 12 9:46 PM

You can drop off your worn out CFL bulbs to Home Depot to be recycled and likely other hardware stores. They last so long its rare that I need I do that, but it is so easy to drop one off whenever I go there next. No biggie.

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thisisinsaneJan. 1, 12 9:49 PM

Someone please explain how I should go about solving this problem: I've tried dang near every brand of CFL curly Q bulb in my flush mount ceiling light fixtures, spending a lot of moeny in the process. Every single one of them has burned out in a matter of weeks! The only ones that stay working are the standard (old-fashioned) 60 watt types (each fixture holdes 2 bulbs.) I have yet to have any store person explain to me why this happens. Is my only option to stockpile 60 watt incad. bulbs? The fixtures are 7 years old, and the instructions specifically say not to use hallogen bulbs because they get too hot. I don't want to replace the fixtures as they cost a pretty penny and we like them. Also, I had a drawer full of the burned out CFLs and finally took them to our county's waste recycling center only to be told that they DON"T ACCEPT THEM ANYMORE !!!! TwinCitizen poster #1 is correct. If no one wants to accept these things, they are surely going to end up in people's garbage cans/landfills.

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davestrib00Jan. 1, 12 9:51 PM

The slippery slope has begun. Now it is what type of light you can use, next it will be how cool or warm your house can be. This is the "freedom" that we all want? Government in our personal lives? Saving the environment is noble, but 100 watt bulbs are the least of our concerns (and also remember CFLs have mercury that people are tossing in the garbage). Fix the deficit, find healthcare for those who need it, then give me a call about my light bulbs.

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gogophersgo1Jan. 1, 12 9:53 PM

@Starquest If it were a giveaway to big business, the GOP would be supporting it right now. And they aren't.

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raholcoJan. 1, 12 9:57 PM

There's one good thing that switching to CFL/LED's gave us which you really couldn't easily get from incandescent lighting: color temperatures. Now if I want to look at my environment with all the unforgiveness of daylight at 6500K, I can. And if I want the nice warm glow at 2700/3500K, I can do that too. But as the article noted, this regulation was part and parcel a gift to the lighting industry back during Bush II (Sorry you Obama-haters, you can't pin him for this as it occurred before he was sworn-in!) and they were well on their way to shutting down domestic incandescent production. Besides, with all the vampire current sources in homes these days, anything that can whack a few bucks makes all the sense in the world. And yeah, I agree with twincitizen1-if you sell it and if fails, you collect it; like what currently happens today with rechargable batteries.

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bugmenot99Jan. 1, 1210:00 PM

"Lighting industry officials say bulb makers have supported the federally mandated switch to energy-efficient designs and have already halted production of banned bulbs."....Hmm cuz they get more money up front maybe??? Nah...can't be...crony capitalism/socialism at its finest! Yet another step towards the leftist/fascist utopia.

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