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Compact Fluorescent Bulb Danger

Tonight we had the bathroom light on and it flickered. Thinking it was just loose, hubby tightened it. The flickering stopped, but then there was an electrical fire smell. We immediately turned off the light at the switch. The compact fluorescent bulb had overheated, scorched the light fixture, and melted itself. If we have not been in the room and paying attention, we would have had a house fire. As it is, we still have that horrible smell in the apartment.

At least incandescent blubs don't burn down your house when they fail. The way the government is pushing the fluorescent bulbs is downright dangerous. Have they done their due diligence? Have they tested these bulbs extensively? The bulbs do not last nearly as long as they claim and they are incredibly hazardous (contain mercury) and must be very carefully handled to avoid breakage. They cannot be discarded in household garbage but must be taken to special hazardous waste depots. So they save a few kilowatts of energy. I'm not so sure that's a good thing if it costs even one person his/her life from a fire.

Moral of the story: If you have this type of light bulb and it flickers, turn the light off immediately and replace the bulb.
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Send your light bulbs to Washington

It's easy to dispose of compact fluorescent light bulbs properly. Just send them to your Senator or Congressman in Washington. Or send them to the EPA.

The address of EPA headquarters in Washington is:
Environmental Protection Agency
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460

Visit our web site: SendYourLightBulbsToWashington.com

Re: Send your light bulbs to Washington

Thanks, but the only representation I have in Washington is the Canadian Embassy. Sorry, that's my slightly clever way of saying I live in Canada.

I run an electronics recycling business and know where to take the bulbs. My point is that they are extremely delicate and making special arrangements for disposal is inconvenient. It is a little easier now, but there was a time that there were no facilities in my area for disposing of them.

I am angry that CFLs have been mandated to replace incandescent bulbs. In my opinion, the risks (and higher price) of the CFLs greatly outweigh the marginal electrical efficiency benefits.
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