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Send Your Light Bulbs To Washington:
All light bulbs have usage advantages.
People should feel perfectly free to use and enjoy CFLs and LEDs
along with incandescents.
But pushing the use of any bulb is wrong:
And CFLs are being pushed on consumers,
in energy saving campaigns, in CFL replacement programs, and lately also via regulations, as the only practical replacement alternative, which also happens to be more profitable for the light bulb manufacturers.
"Hey, you can still use energy efficient incandescents like Halogens, and LEDs that show such promise!!"
Certainly - as said - all light bulbs have their advantages.
But that does not make them worthy replacements.
Replacement Halogen and similar incandescents are still different from simple incandescents in light quality and other respects, apart from costing much more for marginal savings, which is why neither consumers or politicians like them much.
No "Halogen replacement program" in any American state!
Besides: All known general service incandescents including touted Halogens will progressively be banned on the enacted EISA 45 lumen per W end regulation standard.
That's right. The politicians don't tell you that. USA regulations including updates on repeal bills in local states (legislated Texas June 2011)
LEDs meanwhile have still greater differences, cost much more,
and have particular development issues around brightness, omnidirectionality, and broad spectrum light quality.
That is why the replacement push is to use CFLs
- as also seen in post-ban Europe.
whatever the CFL energy saving advantages,
politicians also choose to hide, obfuscate, or ignore the disadvantages relating to this type of lighting.
Therefore this blog seeks to highlight some of these issues,
with appropriate references.
Not least, the issue of CFL disposal:
Improper disposal of compact fluorescent light bulbs is dangerous to your family and to the environment. In some states, it is illegal to put these light bulbs in your trash.
It's easy to dispose of compact fluorescent light bulbs properly. Just send them to your Senator or Congressman in Washington. Or send them to the EPA.
here to find your Senator's mailing address.
here to find your Congressman's mailing address.
Or send your used light bulbs to EPA headquarters in Washington:
Environmental Protection Agency
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460
Save the Bulb savethebulb.org
Also against regulations, with good background documentation. The Greenpeace sponsored investigation by Klaus Stanjek into the fluorescent bulbs, that did not give the "required" result, is a classic. And don't miss the CFL autopsy!
CFL Impact cflimpact.com
Again broad coverage of CFL issues
Stopping at the Green Light
By a New York interior designer and boutique owner, highlighting the problems with the fluorescent light bulbs. Good article links.
Freedom Light Bulb freedomlightbulb.blogspot.com
Blog against Light Bulb Regulations.
Accompanies the "Light Bulb Clarity" Ceolas.net website
Howard Brandston concerninglight.com
Well known American lighting designer and activist against the regulations.
The commentary section is a good resource, also on CFL issues and activism
PLDA Green Pages greenpages.pld-a.org
Professional Lighting Designers Association with a blog also covering interesting and unusual cultural lighting aspects.
Health risks of CFLs lowenergylampsinfo.wordpress.com
As it says on the tin... also starting to cover LEDs issues, although
less active of late.
Lamps Economy light1and2life.wordpress.com
Prolific blog on CFL and general lighting issues, in Greek, translation (may be hard to follow, but mentioned topics can be pursued also via the links).
Wheaton CFL article richsoil.com/CFL-fluorescent-light-bulbs.jsp
Good rundown of CFL problems - and that's coming from an avowed
green and sustainability practicing software engineer turned farmer! Well linked with videos etc. Forum has good CFL threads
Elliott article sound.westhost.com/articles/
Another good rundown of CFL issues including fire risks - from an Australian engineer, well illustrated.
LEDs Magazine ledsmagazine.com
While some content may be too technical for some, once you are familiar with LEDs it has the very good coverage of LED issues,
disadvantages as well as advantages.