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Pics of a few CFL lights from my house, ever see a CFL melt.

 
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If you think the mercury vapors are bad just wait until you accidentally break one of these bulbs in your house. Bad stuff
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I could smell them burning, ended up replacing ALL of them. Pieces of junk cost too much, burn out to quick and almost caught on fire. What a wonderful product.

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 Quoting: Chrit



Planned obsolescence.


"Planned Obsolescence, a trend started and encouraged in the 1920's by the Phoebus cartel,
a group of light bulb manufacturing companies, is very much alive today."


[link to www.ted.com]


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Go LED. Will last forever. Not toxic. Very little power draw. It is more expensive initially but over time should outlast you.
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If you think the mercury vapors are bad just wait until you accidentally break one of these bulbs in your house. Bad stuff
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You are supposed to evacuate the house, call HAZMAT, to decontaminate. They don't tell you that on the box.
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Don't use them with a rheostat/dimmer
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Yeh found out by them burning out and as such stocked up on the tried and the true. Use what i have left in the bathroom cause it is go and get off the can or a five minute shower makes my time there minute like the time i will ever own CFL'S.
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looks like you took some kind of power surge...

no way they would all do that at the same time like that

I never really thought of protecting lightbulbs from power surges...

I wonder if it would cook the LED ones?

I tried those CFL's in my house too but ended up going with LED in the end..

LED's are MUCH better
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I'm pretty sure all the led type bulbs are self protected with a diode. At least the ones I have seen are.
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01/03/2013 07:03 PM
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looks like you took some kind of power surge...

no way they would all do that at the same time like that

I never really thought of protecting lightbulbs from power surges...

I wonder if it would cook the LED ones?

I tried those CFL's in my house too but ended up going with LED in the end..

LED's are MUCH better
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Good call! The light spectrum is much more pleasant with LED's. It's more natural and it's *rumored* that they help with depression, anxiety and sleep cycles.
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Wow, that messed up! How old are they, and what brand is that?
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Yes, they do catch on fire. Frequently.

Yes, they emit mercury vapor, more so when first turned on.

Yes, all florescent lighting induces high frequency measurable voltage (and hence, current flow) in living beings even at considerable distances. Schumann resonance 7.83 , blah blah.

So, yeah, stick with incandescent and candles, or better yet sun. And don't block all the UV, it's how cells communicate...
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Wow, that messed up! How old are they, and what brand is that?
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Less then 6 months old. Utilitech is the brand, you can still buy them.
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Go LED. Will last forever. Not toxic. Very little power draw. It is more expensive initially but over time should outlast you.
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Ha Ha.... Not Toxic.

[link to californiawatch.org]

LED's contain Lead and Arsenic
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LEDs are good in some situations, but they are not perfect and certainly expensive. For recessed cans, you should use PAR (directional) bulbs. A 30W PAR will work as well as a regular 60W bulb. Amber (low-blue) bulbs are best for use at night because they encourage melatonin production. That's why shift work has been shown to be bad for our health (carcinogenic), because of the blue/white light that most building use.

Also, check your power quality with a Graham Stetzer meter. The higher the number, the more likely you are to see have hot wiring and melted bulbs.
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wow, hope everyone is ok?

do we even have a choice anymore? i use these bulbs in the summertime and regular incandescent bulbs in the winter. I have a supply of the incans but i can't remember seeing them in the stores recently.
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Evil soul sucking monstrocities! Those blasted things suck my energy out and give me migraines. Let me keep my real lightbulbs please!!!
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If something like that was done from power surging, that's no bueno. Think of what could happen if we do have some sort of electromagnetic blast from the sun that possibly fries our entire grid. I would imagine a power surge of that proportion would be strong enough to cause every CFL in use to explode. That's a lot of mercury vapor in the air... in just about every home and business in the US.

I started switching out all of my lightbulbs to LED a couple of years ago. Haven't had to replace one yet. And even though they'd still get cooked by a power surge, at least they won't put mercury in my breathing bubble.
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Yeah that shit is safe...lol

CHRIT, Tell me why you had these in your house, come on man you not new to GLP. You know these bulbs are dangerous with Hg-gas and giving off EMF that are harmful to humans.

uhhuh

I will never give up my incandescent bulbs, ever.

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When I put them in, turned on the light switch, they EXPLODED.

If I can't use light bulbs, I guess I'll save on electricity. I have since learned how to make candles.
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Not common for CFLs to do that. You didn't perhaps use them with a light switch that has a dimmer, did you? Although I'm sure you know you can't dim CFL's, they are at risk to even be connected to a dimmer.


Besides that, probably a issue when the company that made them.
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Some CFLs have a two pin base - presumably to prevent using a regular light bulb.

Does anyone know where to buy an adapter from the two pin base to a regular screw in base?
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Maybe a shroom farm?

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Yeah that shit is safe...lol

CHRIT, Tell me why you had these in your house, come on man you not new to GLP. You know these bulbs are dangerous with Hg-gas and giving off EMF that are harmful to humans.

uhhuh

I will never give up my incandescent bulbs, ever.
 Quoting: DILKe


Had to see it for my self, turned out worse then I even expected lol
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Some CFLs have a two pin base - presumably to prevent using a regular light bulb.

Does anyone know where to buy an adapter from the two pin base to a regular screw in base?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 31215292


I just found this:

[link to www.amazon.com]

If you have the two pin base, you can adapt it to regular bulbs, or anything that screws in. It's good to have a choice.
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How about you all stop smoking mercury and post some actual good shit on this place.
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Re: Pics of a few CFL lights from my house, ever see a CFL melt.
Wow...Unlucky, all of our CFLs have lasted for years, I believe i have only ever had to replace one so far...What brand are they and how much did they cost?

Also, stop worrying about the mercury, unless you break about 20-30 of these things and lick the glass you won't get sick.
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Wow...Unlucky, all of our CFLs have lasted for years, I believe i have only ever had to replace one so far...What brand are they and how much did they cost?

Also, stop worrying about the mercury, unless you break about 20-30 of these things and lick the glass you won't get sick.
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Luckily I stocked up on about 5 years worth of incandescent bulbs. I might make a killing in a couple of years on eBay if LED's come down in price.
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Don't use them with a rheostat/dimmer
 Quoting: BRIEF


No dimmer but your right.

I believe it was the ballast clicking on and off for no reason that melted them, if that is true that also means they were costing me a lot more to run then a regular bulb.

Now what I did notice is the newer generation of these things have vent holes, but look at it, it’s still browning slowly.


:CFL7:
 Quoting: Chrit


I use all DC lighting, because of my solar...incandescent bulbs get hot enough to fry an egg on and will explode if you splash them with water while they're hot...also had halogen lights years ago and the kids and I sailing paper airplanes actually set fire to one when it landed on one...if a light gets hot you are wasting energy.
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Only in the summer. In the winter the heat is useful.
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Some CFLs have a two pin base - presumably to prevent using a regular light bulb.

Does anyone know where to buy an adapter from the two pin base to a regular screw in base?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 31215292


I just found this:

[link to www.amazon.com]

If you have the two pin base, you can adapt it to regular bulbs, or anything that screws in. It's good to have a choice.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 31215292


I bought 10. The two pin base CFLs are expensive and burn out quickly. The regular CFLs are much cheaper and seem to last longer. WTF!
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bump, five and to my favorites.
Those bulbs are awful. I hate the whole ideology behind them.

We may have ONE, not even sure of that one, in a wall-mounted fixture.

otherwise I go with Eddie . . .Thomas Eddie-son, that is.
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We went to LED lights at 15 bucks a piece X 24 bulbs + all the CFL's I tossed I'll never get my money back in electric savings.

What a freaking rip off the whole thing is.

Last Edited by Chrit on 08/31/2013 08:02 PM
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We must all realize a sink a chair and a pillow are all luxuries of home and a soldiers helmet takes the place of all three.
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CFL's are complete shit! Get rid of them if you have them, as they produce dirty electricity and a terrible light spectrum. As soon as I switched mine out I started feeling much better.

There is a reason why governments push them so much and it's NOT to save you money!


 Quoting: Silvanus


Man, each day I learn on how fucking evil governments can be. What a bunch of sick fucks they are for suggesting us to use CFL bulbs.

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