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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 06:57 PM
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RE: The compact fluorescent bulb thread from two days ago
I went out to buy some of the new "soft white" bulbs today and experienced severe empty shelf syndrome. Target was completely cleaned out, Lowes didn't have much of a selection, BigLots was cleaned out and Home Depot had exactly one pack of 75 watt equivalent bulbs left. I bought them.

What's the deal? Did TV tell everyone to go out and buy them or are people just wising up on their own? It's certainly good news that people are trying to save energy, but I probably burned about a gallon of gas just looking for my own precious 2-pack of CF bulbs.

BTW, the soft white bulbs look exactly like incandescent bulbs. My complaint was that CF bulbs were too white. Looks like they fixed the problem! :)
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:00 PM
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1. An odd place to look, but have you called a health food store?
Ours always has them, at the same prices as all the other stores in the area (the public utility here subsidizes them, so they're about a buck a bulb for the basic ones almost everywhere.)
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Bluzmann57 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:01 PM
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2. Use the phone
that way, you won't burn any gas at all. Yeah, you'll probably be on hold for a friggin' hour, but if you use a land line, you won't have to worry about using hours on the cell.
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ginnyinWI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:03 PM
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3. it's an investment well spent
We put them in three years ago when we moved into this house, and they're still going strong. Come to think of it, some of them were from the old house, so they are even older.
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etherealtruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:29 PM
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10. Have been using them for several years as well ...
Like you ... a good investment
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:05 PM
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4. I got mine at Costco. If you have one near you, they are really cheap.
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:34 PM
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14. I was there the other day and they only had "cool white" bulbs
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Delphinus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:07 PM
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5. Funny you say they were too white!
I made sure all of mine (which I replaced last year) were the kind that simulate sunlight. And I love 'em!
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:29 PM
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11. I'm just used to yellow-ish light
It's a personal preference.
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:51 PM
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15. Me too
but I tried the new bulbs, and they've come a long way--no flicker, light is a "softer" color, and they generate very little heat.

They use about 1/4 the energy and last a long time. :thumbsup:
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tabatha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:11 PM
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6. petition
This was sent out a couple days ago:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/916022327?z00...


by the folks at:

http://www.care2.com /

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DODI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:18 PM
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7. We bought ours thru our utility company for a $1 a piece.
The only draw back is you can only order 12 per year. So I will get the rest in January.
If you live in CT check this link:

http://www.energyfederation.org/smartliving/default.php...

If not, check you utilities web page.
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skids Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:18 PM
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8. What great news!
I haven't noticed the same here but haven't been looking.

I've done a couple polls on DU and kos and found most people that answered already had CFs, except for the few holdouts who either hadn't tried one in ten years since back when they sucked, or a few who had some sort of power issue in their house that kept blowing them out.

Here's hoping that the petition, banthebulb.org, and other such endeavors raise awareness to a critical mass.



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jmowreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:19 PM
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9. You know those things have mercury in them, right?
All fluorescent lights do--it's one of the things that makes them work.

When they finally burn out, find someplace that will take them for recycling; don't just throw them away.
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Mika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:30 PM
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12. The tungsten in regular bulbs is a toxic heavy metal also. n/t
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:33 PM
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13. And fluorescents (properly made ones) last for much longer.
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