So I just finished cleansing my house.. of CLF light bulbs.. (compact florescent) You know, those twisty ones.. I have been using them for about 6 years now, and I have to say that I have had enough. Recently another 150w CFL nearly caught fire in my home, there was toxic smoke and internal fire but everything was contained. Over the last 6 years this has happened quite a few times and my concern grows over their safety..
Audience: What does this have to survival or being prepared..
Me: Hold on, I’m getting to that..
I have three wonderful children and every hazard they could encounter makes my concern grow for the world they are in. I wish it was easier for me to just take them back to pioneer times when all they had to deal with was killer animals and horrible disease & infections; instead of technology, commercialism and GMO foods etc..
I have been researching A LOT recently on the dark side of CFL light bulbs.. Find a list at the bottom of this page. I have decided that I have really had it.. A recent episode of the survival podcast l Jack had a wonderful guest (Paul Wheaton) on that talked about the REAL cost of creating CFL bulbs along with a array of other factors. But the cost breakdown hit home with me.. I encourage you to listen to it..
Now I am not saying incandescent bulbs are the environmental solution I think there is great hope for LED technology just at this time.. I cannot afford $30.00 light bulbs .
Okay onto the prepping subject..
So in the next few years its going start being VERY hard to get your hands on incandescent light bulbs.. So I say stock up now! Take advantage of retailer discounts and local coupons to stuff your cupboards with healthy light..
Jack sparko and Paul Wheaton’s Podcast.. http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/paul-wheaton-on-cast-iron-cooking-cfls-and-rocket-mass-heating
MSNBC on CFL’s and evnormental waste.. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23694819/ns/us_news-environment/t/shining-light-hazards-fluorescent-bulbs/
“As effective as it is at enabling white light, however, mercury—sometimes called quicksilver—is also highly toxic. It is especially harmful to the brains of both fetuses and children. That’s why officials have curtailed or banned its use in applications from thermometers to automotive and thermostat switches. (A single thermostat switch, still common in many homes, may contain 3,000 milligrams (0.1 ounce) of mercury, or as much as 600 compact fluorescents.)”
Another Great article http://www.threedonia.com/archives/10595
“Bulb end-of-life hazards: When CFLs burn out they can create acrid plastic smoke and carcinogenic fumes. Those bulbs without an internal fuse will melt or smoke until power is turned off. 90% of these bulbs are currently manufactured in China where quality control is questionable.”
|Did you know? A CFL is nearly six times more expensive to make in terms of energy consumption…..|
|The power required from the supplier by a CFL is typically twice what the wattage the bulb states. This “Power Factor” can negate a great part of the savings at the grid level. Also, CFLs create an effect known as “harmonic distortion” by placing an uneven load on the electricity grid, setting up harmonic distortions in the power lines and power stations.||CFLs release hazardous amounts of mercury into the air when they break and thus must be recycled or disposed of at a proper facility. A recent environmental agency report estimates the potential cost to recycle one disposal container (wheelie-bin) of approximately 240 litres or 63.4 US gallons of CFL bulbs at $1,300. This cost ultimately falls on the taxpayer.|