Eco-Bulbs?

With each light bulb that burns out in our house, I am replacing them with the "twisty-shaped" newfangled "eco-bulb" you see above.  It just seems like an easy way to "go green" and put a little extra change in my pocket.  According to an article in the UK Guardian these Eco-Bulbs are more environmentally friendly "Because they work by making a phosphorous coating glow rather than by heating a filament, energy-saving light bulbs use 60% less electricity to make the same amount of light as an equivalent incandescent. This saves about $13 worth of electricity per bulb per year; or put another way, they last 6-15 timeslonger than a typically bulb."

So, my question:  do any of our site visitors use them? If so, what do you think of them?

Of course, I suppose being Amish is the greenest way to go: no electricity, just a bit of kerosene for those lanterns at night. But since that isn't going to happen in this household, I thought I'd try the Eco-Bulbs.....

baire702's picture

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When I use electric light, I love my CFLs, compact flouresent lights.  I too have seen a huge difference in my electric bill.

I do prefer to use my battery powered or oil lamps. In my oil lamps, I love to use Klean Heet.  it's a keroscene alterniative.  I bought some at Lehmans.com and locally at Home Depot.

-Caryl

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It looks cool but i found it really useful for students. I came across this study thing which is eco friendly, eye soothing and has a battery back up of six hours also tested by one of the biggest eye specialist. Have a look : http://studylite.in/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=30&Itemid=38&cid=cm

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The come in different types of light.  There are "soft white" (which I prefer), "daylight" (which is really bright), and "bright light" ( which is that nasty bright blue harsh light).  I would suggest trying the soft white, then make a decision on if you like them or not.  The light from the soft white is just like the light from a regular bulb.  It may have a slight delay, but well worth it in the long run!

dcharrison's picture

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I replaced an outdoor floodlight with one & have decided I don't like this one at least - it takes forever for it to actually come on at times.  We do use some in the house, but a few of them are annoying - have a blueish color to the light and they seem to flicker.  What I do like & find useful since I have issues with normal fluorescent lighting, is a bulb put out by Durotest that we have used for years - it is a 4' bulb in a shop light fixture, but it mimicks natural sunlight & keeps my arms & hands from giving me issues.

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My father replaced all of his and has a $10.00 increase n his electric bill.  Tried to figure out something that would be the culprit.  Will see what happens next mo. Also, the disposal situation is something else.  Scarey to think what are we breathing when one is broken???

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I wacked my head on one of these in my attic. Note to self: Don't do that again. There are actually some more structurally sound (e.g.: "less likely to cut your skull") versions that LOOK like incandescents, but are the energy-efficient variety in disguise.

Also of note are LED bulbs that are coming onto the market - they last longer than most pets... and are about as expensive.

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TRIED THEM A WHILE BACK AND DON'T LIKE THE HARSH BRIGHT LIGHT.

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Of course, I suppose being Amish is the greenest way to go: no electricity, just a bit of kerosene for those lanterns at night.

and....

 

But really Kevin, laptop by kerosene lamp -- it could be a whole new trend.

 

UM....the kerosene lanterns come in green.  Though mine are blue and turned a wee bit green upon use.  Is that what you mean by greenest?  LOL. 

The children are definitely passionate about our friendship with the plain people. They decided we should try kerosene lanterns.  We have just started using them some.  I wrote about paradoxical situations I encountered on my blog.  A reader posted a comment that someone out there in the blog world posted a picture of a laptop by the glow of a lantern.  It is a new trend as far as I can tell.  Come on Kevin, you can do it!!!

On a more serious note, we have considered running our new home off of solar panels and the eco lights are the best way to conserve. 

 

Good luck with your endeavors.

 

Kansas Milkmaid

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I've been using them for several years now and have one bulb in a living room lamp that is more than 5 years old and on continuously. I also bought a new outdoor one for the light by my front door that comes on quicker than the old one it replaced and shines much brighter. The new ones are much better than the old, and for those of us with vision issues, seem to clarify things better than the old incan descent bulbs. I use the 4 watt size in many of the sockets in the house, and they provide more than enough light for the house.

I would check with my trash hauler and see about how they want them disposed of. We have a special area they can be taken to, apparently can't be mixed with the regular garbage.

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How ironic! Our local Ace hardware had a 5 pk of these for 8.99. I drove the 8 miles yesterday to buy them. I bought some about 12 (really!) years ago from Lehman's , and I am still using them! They cost alot more then than they do now!! I am impressed, and they do save electricity. I intend to replace all of my bulbs with these. The newer ones are much better by the way!

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Nope, we have the traditional incandescent bulbs!  This house had a bunch of those bulbs in the permanent fixtures when we moved in - we switched them all.  I don't like the whiteness, like flourenscent, I prefer the nice warm yellow that you get from traditional bulbs.  What we do, is use lower wattage bulbs, and we don't fill a fixture with working bulbs.  Like in our bathrooms we have fixtures that have spots for 4 bulbs, we have only two that work in it, we leave two that are burned out in the other two spots.  Of course during the day, I open the blinds to let God's warm and natural light in (the sun); then at night, we just keep lights on in the room that we are in.  I figure that we scrimp at a number of things here, that we are OK using regular light bulbs.         

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We've changed out most of the bulbs in our house to the eco bulbs.  You would not believe the difference in our electric bill!   It's well worth it!  Our electric company shows us in a bar graph how much electricity we use on a monthly basis for the past 12 months.  Every month is less than that month last year.  I say "go for it Kevin".  I will say that I like the "soft white" eco bulbs the best.  They are not quite as harsh as some of the others.

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We use both. I like them in the fixture over the shower in my smallest bathroom and the outside garage light, which we burn all the time. Those two used to always have to be replaced, and since we switched, we haven't had to change a bulb since.

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For bathrooms they have traditional-looking bulbs that are CFLs.  We've been converting all our bulbs to CFLs as the old incandescent ones burn out.  The one thing that makes me nervous about CFLs is that if they break (like a child knocking over a lamp), mercury can spill out of them.  For that reason, we have repeatedly told our 2-year-old not to play with the lamps that have the CFLs.  He's finally listening us, though.  He knows not to touch them!

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I heard that they were dangerious when broken so I replaced all of mine.  I was worried about my grandbabie's safty.  They know not to touch but accidents do happen.  Does anyone know if they really are dangerious or not?

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You all need to check with your electric companies!!  There are sooo many Energy-Star rebates out there.  We have Alliant Energy, and they refund us 50% of the purchase price for all of our CFL bulbs that have the Energy Star label on the package.  We also got rebates for replacing our windows, and there are rebates for replacing doors and certain appliances.  Our company has downloadable/printable forms on their website. 

My parents have a different, local electric company, and have gotten thousands of dollars back so far just for having Energy Star appliances and geo-thermal heating/ac.  It is money that is out there for us, but not that many people realize it :-)

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They're cool and much better than the ones from 12-15 years ago.  Those were so slow they could be a danger - you essentially got no light when you turned the switch.  I wouldn't use them in any doorway switches because if someone had broken into your house you wouldn't even see them for 2 or 3 minutes until the things finally threw some light. Or if you woke up at night and needed light to cross a room, you would be back before the light caught up. 

With these newer ones I've put them in every fixture as the old bulbs burned out.  I hadn't even realized at first that these new ones are still a little slow -- I just thought it was my older eyes percieving the light as a little dim.

I do prefer picking them up on sale!  For me, the price is balanced by only having to change them once a decade or so.  They last a LONG time and having to stop and change a bulb when you were just about to do something else was always such a nuisance.  They also seem sturdier than the traditional ones (my cat knocks one lamp down with some regularity).

But really Kevin, laptop by kerosene lamp -- it could be a whole new trend.

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I use both.  I do have many of the eco friendly bulbs in lamps and light fixtures. I do like that it is a 'whiter' 'brighter' light. My biggest complaint about them is they don't come on as soon as I turn on the switch.  Granted in some fixtures it is a very brief delay but in others it's longer.  The price of buying is not that friendly either.  Plus in some of my electrical outlets (like the bathroom) they just don't look 'pretty.'

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Yea, that brief delay is a little jarring....but I've gotten over that.  The prettiness factor....um...I just look at it as some new art deco type thing....

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But art deco doesn't blend with traditional Wink

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