Good lighting is fundamental to quality of life where night falls at about 4:00 pm at the winter solstice. If the replacements are no good, you'll have to pry my incandescents from my cold, brightly lit fingers.
madajb: ...we were told you shouldn't turn them on and off quickly lest you drastically shorten their lifespan ... Are CFLs ok for this type of use now?
That leads me to my only complaint with CFL bulbs: It's been a pain in the ass to store the remaining three unused bulbs for so long. I haven't had to replace a single bulb in 3+ years. First world problems and all that I suppose...
Thanks, but that's just one year's worth. You gotta times it by seven for the number I was looking for.
So that's a savings by 2020 of 39 out of 21,000 terawatt-hours, which actually isn't all that much.
Oh, and when you do recycle your CFL bulbs, are they really getting recycled? Or just ending up in a Chinese landfill site, contaminating the whole place and exposing peasants to nasty chemicals who are just trying to scratch a living by dismantling them for their minute value.
Yeah, I understand that, but CFLs and incandescents both have no intrinsic recycling value. Difference is, CFLs contain mercury, amongst other things. Which is going to cause mortality to poor people in the third world.
This thread got me thinking, we're actually nearing a future where our kids will look at us funny when we try to relate to them that we actually had to change light bulbs.
Seriously, think about it...
"No Jimmy, back in my day you had to actually open up that casing and replace what was inside it. We called them bulbs and had to go to the store to get more whenever we ran out!"
It does like quite a lot ... but unpacking 39 terawatt-hours at Wolfram-Alpha:
Yes. When you decide that you know best, and you don't care whether people like it or not, regulation works at getting them to do what you want them to do. If you care about things like, say, free choice, or the idea that there are areas of life in which people should be able to make decisions without government interference - like say, the decision to have warm light in the their homes without spending $100 to light a room - then regulation has its downsides.
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