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Old 05-18-2008, 11:27 AM
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twisty lights = bad idea

found the following link on the twisty lights. it would appear that they are a bad idea in the end. yes, you save on energy, but you are supposed to take them to a recycling center therefore burning fuel. WTF?!?!?!


you save the environment on one side and f it up on the other!!!! i am missing something here!!?!?!?!?!?

Recycling options lag the compact fluorescent push: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance
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Old 05-18-2008, 11:39 AM
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Unless I'm a special case, you need to factor in eye glasses and the fuel it takes to get to check ups. We have a few of these bulbs in our home and I can't see crap with them. They don't throw enough light to produce shadows on objects. I can't read raised letters or see splinters in my skin. Useless invention as far as I am concerned.
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I have these is every light in my house. The ones I bought work very well. I've only replaced 2 in 5 years.
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They don't throw enough light to produce shadows on objects. I can't read raised letters or see splinters in my skin.
Do you have the small ones that produce the light of a normal 60 watt bulbs (I think those use 13 watt). I've got some that use 25 watts but have the output of a 150 watt bulb......they are very bright!
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Unless I'm a special case, you need to factor in eye glasses and the fuel it takes to get to check ups. We have a few of these bulbs in our home and I can't see crap with them. They don't throw enough light to produce shadows on objects. I can't read raised letters or see splinters in my skin. Useless invention as far as I am concerned.
The one's we have in our house hank, our the white light kind. and trust me. YOU CAN SEE EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!

There EXTREMELY EXTREMELY bright.
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I have a few in misc places too and I like them. Depending on the watt they throw off some great light..
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LED lamps are far better, they will last you MUCH longer than flourescent lamps and use FAR less energy, they do cost more, however, they last longer and the energy savings will pay you back in short order. also, LED's don't get hot, so there is no worry about you a/c bill going up. LED's will last 5 years if you were to use them 24/7 and not too many households do that, so figure even longer by a minimum of 1/3 extended life (most LED's are 50k hours of use. some are 100k). so figure about 7 years maybe more depending on usage. also, the LED's will produce the same lumens if not more for less watts. i.e. 13w flourecent, the equivelant LED would use only 2-3w. and then if you were to recycle them (unlike compacts which use mercury still) it is recommended, but they would be no different than what you would do with most of your trash. your return on investment would come back to you in energy savings within 1 year.
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I like to use them in fixtures that limit the total wattage to some ridiculously low number. Like a fixture in the bathroom with 4 sockets only rated to 100 watts total. Not per socket. That's where CFLs really shine for me. No pun intended.

I buy them to save myself a little bit on my power bill on my frequently used fixtures. I couldn't care less about my carbon footprint. If I could afford it, I would have 150 watt incandescent bulbs everywhere!

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LED lamps are far better, they will last you MUCH longer than flourescent lamps and use FAR less energy, they do cost more, however, they last longer and the energy savings will pay you back in short order. also, LED's don't get hot, so there is no worry about you a/c bill going up. LED's will last 5 years if you were to use them 24/7 and not too many households do that, so figure even longer by a minimum of 1/3 extended life (most LED's are 50k hours of use. some are 100k). so figure about 7 years maybe more depending on usage. also, the LED's will produce the same lumens if not more for less watts. i.e. 13w flourecent, the equivelant LED would use only 2-3w. and then if you were to recycle them (unlike compacts which use mercury still) it is recommended, but they would be no different than what you would do with most of your trash. your return on investment would come back to you in energy savings within 1 year.
The last time I purchased the florescent lights I looked for the LED ones but couldn't locate any??? Do you have to special purchase them on line or something?
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The last time I purchased the florescent lights I looked for the LED ones but couldn't locate any??? Do you have to special purchase them on line or something?
I'll pm you about this. The are pretty pricey, but will pay for themselves.
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