Switching to Compact Flourescent Lighting, 30°


In December 2007
Bellevue Washington, United States
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Virginia L., 7 years, 7 months ago

My husband and I completed this project a month ago. It took some time, but every time we went to the hardware store, we picked up a CFL bulb. We had just about replaced all of them when the news broke about them containing mercury, so we were a bit disappointed that we would have to take the extra precautions to take them to a proper disposal sight, however, in the long run we still feel like we are doing something to reduce our energy consumption.

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About This Project 

Replacing your lights with compact fluorescent bulbs is on the very top of every environmental to do list these days. And no wonder.

By chance, I am the proud owner of a single CFL, and in my energy audit discovered that it runs using 11%-20% the power of my other lamps. On top of that, studies support that compact fluorescent bulbs have ten times the lifespan of normal bulbs, which means that I won’t have to worry about replacing them for a long time.

Bottom line: they should also save me money.

For someone like me, who’s vaguely retarded when it comes to home DIY projects, this one was a bit intimidating. Light bulbs aren’t the most idiot-proof of devices, which is probably why there so many jokes about changing them... My favorite one? Q: How many surrealists does it take to change a light bulb? A: Fish.

Read how I went about it on www.bravenewleaf.com.