And Now You Know!…
With Help From Here, and Elsewhere!
~ CF bulbs tend to overheat when pointed downwards (i.e., in a ceiling fixture). This shortens the lifespan, and may cause the famous and scary burny-smoky-melty super-hot thing. Bulb/ Ballast temperatures may reach 80C/ 180F under such conditions.
~ Too hot or too cold environments will shorten the lifespan, plus– as an added bonus– increase power consumption by CFLs.
~ Using them outdoors year-round in moderate to cool climates will shorten the lifespan.
~ Turning them off or on a lot shortens the lifespan.
~ Using dimmer switches shortens the lifespan, unless they are special dimmer-CFLs.
~ Vibration (as in ceiling fans, porches, near doors) shortens the lifespan.
~ Irregular power levels shorten the lifespan.
~ That whole burny-smoky-melty super-hot thing when they die is “normal”.
~ Some CFL’s have 2-3 mgs of toxic mercury, others, much more.
~ You’re not supposed to throw them out, but have them recycled, according to most jurisdictions and experts.
~ Recycling takes energy, making the CF bulb less cost-saving/ environmentally friendly than advertised. Nobody has worked out how much energy is used in this process.
~ Recycling is paid for by direct charges or taxes, rendering it another hidden tax.
~ Most jurisdictions do not currently have recycling regulations or programs/ facilities capable of handling CF bulbs.
~ Buying these bulbs supports a monopoly for Communist China, a leading abuser of human rights, and the leading polluter in the world.
~ The manufacturing of such bulbs offshore means the price is artificially low, due to poisonous third-world working conditions and low pay. The power used in the factories is most likely from unscrubbed coal-fired generators.
~ Buying CFL bulbs supports GE (General Electric) particularly, since they lobbied vigorously behind the scenes for the U.S. government to legally mandate the unproven technology of CFL bulbs.
~ The entire environmental effect and cost of CFLs from manufacture to recycling to breakages and proper hazmat cleanup need to be assessed, and made public.
~ New incandescent and LED and CFL research and technology may be delayed or cancelled if the current CF technology is mandated. For instance, “A UK firm has developed a bulb that is more than 3 times as efficient as CFL bulbs and will burn brightly for decades. They claim that it will burn for so long that the building or appliance that contains it will wear out before the bulb does”. Of course, GE doesn’t own that patent, nor would they appreciate real competition from a better product.
More soon, bulbaphobic hordes!