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My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

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2 months or less
  714 votes / 5%
2-4 months
  609 votes / 4%
5-8 months
  923 votes / 6%
9-14 months
  1368 votes / 10%
15-23 months
  1018 votes / 7%
2-3 years
  1532 votes / 11%
More than 3 years
  3109 votes / 23%
Never had one fail
  4232 votes / 31%
13506 total votes.
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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 08, 2014 @02:58PM (#47409749)

    I love how the irrational fanbois always blame everyone but themselves for their own problems. Yes, it must be the bad power that has never damaged anything else in my house. It is irrational to think that a light bulb should be so horribly unreliable, but that is what you people are defending. When the power is good enough for more than a dozen computers, two laptops, a 60" TV, a LCD projector, an oscope, about $20k worth of stereo equipment, nearly $10k worth of HAM radio equipment, and tons of other electronic equipment, then it must be power that is the problem. If there was a problem, something else would have quit.

    No. Your CFLs are complete junk and are terrible for the environment because they simply don't last a reasonable length of time. They are a scam.

  • As rooftop solar gets cheaper every year, electricity won't be the biggest environmental impact of lighting.

    I already have a number of friends who's rooftop solar panels generate more electricity than they use. Once people reach that point, the biggest impact to the environment will be manufacturing --- either with poisons like mercury in CFL bulbs or with dirty semiconductor fabs and lead on circuit boards for LEDs.

    Hard to beat a plain glass globe with a metal wire for clean recyclable environmentally friendly materials.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 09, 2014 @06:56AM (#47414037)

    I agree about the mercury in CFLs but how do you think most solar cells are made? ... They are made using "dirty semiconductor fabs." So what would you rather make with the dirty semiconductor fab, a little square mm LEDs or square meters of solar cells? Also, no one uses lead anymore.

  • by jeffmeden (135043) on Wednesday July 09, 2014 @11:58AM (#47416635) Homepage Journal

    As rooftop solar gets cheaper every year, electricity won't be the biggest environmental impact of lighting.

    I already have a number of friends who's rooftop solar panels generate more electricity than they use. Once people reach that point, the biggest impact to the environment will be manufacturing --- either with poisons like mercury in CFL bulbs or with dirty semiconductor fabs and lead on circuit boards for LEDs.

    Hard to beat a plain glass globe with a metal wire for clean recyclable environmentally friendly materials.

    Don't forget that the solar panels only over-produce for the household at times when they *don't need lights*. This impacts your environmental summarization because in order to shift that electricity from solar hours (when the sun is up) to non-solar hours (when the sun is down and you need more indoor lighting) you need to use additional expensive (economic and environmental) techniques like battery storage or borrowing electricity from a nearby coal fired plant.

With all the fancy scientists in the world, why can't they just once build a nuclear balm?

 



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