“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

A question about those new light bulbs ...
Sunday, May 23, 2010

So we've all been told to use the compact fluorescent light bulbs, and most of us have diligently replaced our going-to-hell, power-sucking traditional bulbs with the little curly-cue fluorescents.

Don't you remember all the hype when these things first came out? OMG! We'll save an ENTIRE RAINFOREST EVERY SINGLE DAY with EACH replaced light bulb! Your power consumption will decrease 234,445,667-percent with EACH BULB you replace!

I don't know about you guys, but I haven't seen much of a drop in my power bill since I've put these things in. And why won't the media follow up on this issue now that we've all gone to compact fluorescents? Has our power use declined? Are we indeed saving rainforests and cutting our carbon footprint?

I'm not crazy about the cooler gray-white light these bulbs put out. So I want to know that my sacrifice is making a difference. But is it? Was it all hype?


Anonymous Darla said...

We did the same thing. All of our bulbs are now those curly cue lights..and you forgot to mention that they hang just a little bit out of your traditional ceiling fan light globes. I went with a little bit of bulb showing to save the planet! I'm w/you, Ad! Sometimes I feel like these bulbs help about like one person turning newly vegetarian--that ONE person ain't changing the meat industry! Feeling like even if I changed all my bulbs--the whole freakin' planet has to do it in order to really change anything. Dido on the electrical bill--no change here either!

May 23, 2010 at 2:08 PM  

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