“Turn the light off!”
My mother never said that, or hardly ever. She taught us kids to turn off the lights and we just did it. It cost money you know. You don’t go around just wasting money or wasting anything for that matter. I learned that from my grandfather.
The brightness of a 13 watt CFL light bulb is equal to that of a 60 watt incandescent bulb. Another way to state this would be that in comparison there is a 75% reduction in consumption of watts. I tend to see it as having a lamp on in every room of the house plus a couple of night lights burning. That’s foolish. The energy used for one older incandescent bulb could power four CFL bulbs (plus a couple night lights). Four to one.
CFL bulbs have had a fair amount of controversy whether they are helpful or hazardous to the environment. There are legitimate concerns about the trace amounts of mercury and exposure from broken bulbs. Recycling programs are insufficient and some manufactures have had deficient merchandise. Energy policy legislation signed by Geo. W. Bush concerning bulbs goes into effect 2012. When I tally up the negative and the positive impact I’m still in favor of the CFL about four to one. Overall I see it as a net gain. Besides CFLs are a temporary solution that will not hold reign for a hundred years as its predecessor the incandescent bulbs. New technology and innovation with LED lighting will surpass the application of CFL bulbs in the near future relegating CFLs to a niche of use.
In a debate this argument is for:
- Incandescent bulbs last 500 – 2,000 hrs, compact fluorescent bulbs 8,000 -10,000 hrs.
- CFLs generate 70% less heat and are safe to operate.
- Average household savings $36.00 per life of bulb.
- According to the federal government, if every American home replaced just one bulb enough energy would be saved that there would be enough to light more than 2.5 million homes for a year and prevent greenhouse gas emissions of 800,000 cars.
- Thermostats in older homes and mercury fever thermometers contain 500 to 3,ooo milligrams of mercury, the compact fluorescent bulb has no more than 5 milligrams.
- Reduce energy demand from coal fired power stations which are a major source (40%) of mercury pollution in the atmosphere.
Compact florescent is an alternative that is best used for specific locations. It has been just one step in a process. There are new innovations and products that will give us many more lighting choices coming soon. LED lights have made tremendous advances in just the past two years and are appearing on store shelves now. The argument against CFLs is almost moot.