Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Lights Out for Light Bulbs

I did it. I replaced the traditional light bulbs in both bathroom fixtures with the new CFL’s (Compact Fluorescent Lamp).

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I didn’t do it to save the world. I did it because 5 bulbs burn incredibly hot and it is really bad in the summer when you need a cool shower after a couple of hours of mowing. Also, the old-style bulbs seem to blow out over and over again.

Supposedly, 4 of these uses the energy of 1 old one and they have a rated life of up to 11 years. I’ll let you know when the first one blows out.

What is weird is how they come on sort of dim and “warm up”. It reminds me of turning on the lights in a school gym. There is also a hum as they warm up. They do end up being pretty bright and stay relatively cool. Each month I plan on replacing the bulbs in another fixture – a ceiling fan at a time – until everything is changed out.

I’m not doing this because of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. I’m doing it so I can stop changing bulbs all the time! And, I think it is weird that Cuba banned the old bulbs 3 years ago and we’ve still got until 2012 to buy them. Are we going to let Cuba win?

I do expect to see Al Gore run into the Livermore (California) Fire Station #6 on the last day of 2012 with a big hammer. It is there that you’ll find the world’s oldest working incandescent light bulb. It has been lit for about 109 years. There is even a live cam here.

I recently took this picture for your viewing pleasure:

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