Those not so long lasting compact fluorescent bulbs

The New York Times has this interesting note on the problems with those compact fluorescent bulbs that were supposed to last for so long.

But a lot of people these days are finding the new compact fluorescent bulbs anything but simple. Consumers who are trying them say they sometimes fail to work, or wear out early. At best, people discover that using the bulbs requires learning a long list of dos and don’ts.

Take the case of Karen Zuercher and her husband, in San Francisco. Inspired by watching the movie “An Inconvenient Truth,” they decided to swap out nearly every incandescent bulb in their home for energy-saving compact fluorescents. Instead of having a satisfying green moment, however, they wound up coping with a mess.

“Here’s my sad collection of bulbs that didn’t work,” Ms. Zuercher said the other day as she pulled a cardboard box containing defunct bulbs from her laundry shelf.

One of the 16 Feit Electric bulbs the Zuerchers bought at Costco did not work at all, they said, and three others died within hours. The bulbs were supposed to burn for 10,000 hours, meaning they should have lasted for years in normal use. “It’s irritating,” Ms. Zuercher said.

Irritation seems to be rising as more consumers try compact fluorescent bulbs, which now occupy 11 percent of the nation’s eligible sockets, with 330 million bulbs sold every year. Consumers are posting vociferous complaints on the Internet after trying the bulbs and finding them lacking. . . . .

I loved this part:

Experts say the quality problems are compounded by poor package instructions. Using the bulbs incorrectly, like screwing low-end bulbs into fixtures where heat is prone to build up, can greatly shorten their lives. . . . .

So these people supposedly can save money if they just redo their lightbulb sockets.



Blogger ICONIC FREEDOM said...

Aren't these the bulbs that Trent Lott or someone in the Senate, stood and read all the cautions and hazards for about 2 hours, some time ago?

These actually are made with mercury and, especially pregnant women, have to read all the instructions should one break; also the protocols for disposal...it's insane.

Typical actions from those who act in haste and emotion - never considering the far reaching consequences.

3/29/2009 7:49 AM  

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