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SUNDAY, JUL 29, 2012  |  7 comments
Compact Fluorescent Bulbs Could Cause Ultraviolet Damage to Skin

We know CFL bulbs are world-changingly efficient, producing the same level of light as their incandescent parents while using a quarter of the energy. But they're still a relatively new device, and few long-term studies have been carried out on them. One of the most recent, a new report from a team at Stony Brook, suggests CFLs might cause damage to skin by releasing UV rays.

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Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
Neil wrote:
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It's painful to be a frugal person wanting to save energy, yet not wanting to be associated with Green Fools either. I want to save money, not the planet.
Amen Neil, I look at it this way, being a contrary type. In the summer when notably less lighting is needed, I'll use incandescents. In the winter when dark time is longer, I'll still use incandescents. The so called "waste of energy because unlike a CFL, it produces more heat than light" will serve me well, by dispersing the "waste" heat into the living areas, lowering my heating energy use thereby, thus saving the planet through the back door. (Though I'm confident the planet doesn't need my help)
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News Item7/30/12 4:03 PM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Jim Lincoln wrote:
They last a lot longer hanging out naked.
Adam would have lasted a lot longer naked if he hadn't listened to his wife.
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News Item7/30/12 2:45 PM
San Jose John | San Jose, CA  Find all comments by San Jose John
Jim Lincoln wrote:
I really need to find what the good brands are, I'm going to stop buying these from one store, because they seem to burn out all too quickly, I doubt if these things are burning me with ultraviolet rays, but they are burning a hole in my pocket! They, like all florescent bulbs, also have to be disposed of properly, because they do contain mercury.
I've had mixed results with these bulbs too. I recently disposed of one I bought back in the early 2000s, but I've had others not last nearly as long.

Sorry, but I didn't get the brand name before I threw it out.

Incidentally, is it possible to redeem the mercury in a reasonably safe manner from these things? Toxic as it is, a friend of mine told me mercury is great for cleaning the lead out of gun barrels, provided you can obtain enough of it to do the job. My friend got his from discarded mercury switches removed from old HVAC control units.

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News Item7/30/12 2:05 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Mike, I got a box of 3 that was on clearance from Office Depot. Apparently originally they weren't cheap, but I've had one going for a couple of years as a porch light. I think I know where I put another (hey if I find the 3rd, it will make life easy ) But a CFL that lasted that long of time in an enclosed area with extremes of temperature it is a good bulb. Of course you know that CFLs should never be put put in an enclosed space so remove all your light fixtures and put them away somewhere. They last a lot longer hanging out naked.

I believe I have another one in an enclosed space that I don't have to climb up on something to see what the brand is, and from there on in, use that brand of cfls.

Breaking any florescent including any of the golden oldies almost requires calling out your local hazmat team -- don't do it

Thanks for the heads-up, Neil. Saving the world is ok, if I don't have to work at it, but saving myself money, I will give some thought to.

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News Item7/29/12 9:37 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
Mike wrote:
I've already seen two of our "11 year" CFLs die after a year or so.
Ditto for LED bulbs – short-lived, & like Puritanical eco-fascists, too dim.

Anecdote: One neighbor of ours criticized another for growing plants in the desert which require irrigation. This from people who have an air-conditioned home & drive a Cadillac.

It's painful to be a frugal person wanting to save energy, yet not wanting to be associated with Green Fools either. I want to save money, not the planet.

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News Item7/29/12 4:34 PM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
Jim Lincoln wrote:
I really need to find what the good brands are, I'm going to stop buying these from one store, because they seem to burn out all too quickly, I doubt if these things are burning me with ultraviolet rays, but they are burning a hole in my pocket! They, like all florescent bulbs, also have to be disposed of properly, because they do contain mercury.
I've already seen two of our "11 year" CFLs die after a year or so. Let others imagine they are saving the planet by contaminating the planet with mercury. (Have you read what you are supposed to do if one breaks?) CFLs are an overpriced joke, and so is the "energy-saving" propaganda that comes with them.
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News Item7/29/12 3:55 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
I really need to find what the good brands are, I'm going to stop buying these from one store, because they seem to burn out all too quickly, I doubt if these things are burning me with ultraviolet rays, but they are burning a hole in my pocket! They, like all florescent bulbs, also have to be disposed of properly, because they do contain mercury.
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