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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-28-2008, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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CFL bulbs and Ceiling Fan

I had heard so much about how CFL bulbs are better for the environment, so I decided to start in the living room and replace the bulbs there. Thing is we have a ceiling fan.

Within 24 hours of putting in the new bulbs the fan no longer worked on medium or low.

It can't be a coincidence that it happened since the fan is only about 5 years old and was a Hunter.


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We did our entire house in CFL bulbs this past winter. S/O developed Uveitis and a host of other eye conditions for which there was no cause at all found after months and months of testing, etc.

Doing some random reading on how to recycle the bulbs (they contain mercury, or some other thing you can't just toss away), we discovered that some people have very bad reactions to CFL bulbs and develop fairly serious eye conditions. If they aren't properly shielded, they throw off too much light?

We've removed all the eco-bulbs and gone back to the old fashioned kind, and the flare-ups have almost completely subsided.
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I read that you can't put the CFL bulbs in a landfill. I wondered how you dispose of them. Kinda scary to me.

I will just find other ways to be environmentally conscious like taking my canvas bags to the store instead of using plastic bags.


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Yeah, they really aren't all that eco-friendly. I mean the do save energy, but they are hazardous waste
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I hope you guys know that your exceedingly intelligent and extraordinarily public-service minded U.S. Congress (read ****NOT****) has passed a law mandating the phase-out of incandescent bulbs. I don't know about you, but I do NOT like compact flourescents. Oh, sure, they use a whole lot less electricity, but that's ALL they've got going for them.
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Oy, I knew California was going trying to do that, but didn't know that they were going to do it nationally. Grrr.


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Well ain't that just peachy.
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nd they turn everything weird coors - a greenish cast.
SO can't see it, but it drives me crazy.

I wish they would repeal that law - or let us keep getting them, but pay more. I would.

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It is strange that compact florescants would break two speed settings on your ceiling fan, Lea.

I notice the greenish light, but it doesn't bother me very much. I believe it bugs Arianwen, though.
I have two lamps that I mainly use. One is a torchiere with a cfl in it, and the other is an antique bedside incandescent lamp that's on a dimmer.

You can't use today's cfl's with a dimmer for technical reasons, which, I think, are mainly due to laziness on the part of the engineers who developed the power supply circuitry they use.

The cfl's do give out a different spectrum of light. I think they put out more UV than standard fluorescent lighting. That may account for the eye irritation some folks experience.

I use the bright cfl lamp when I need more light, but Arianwen doesn't like it. She looked pointedly at it and said,"Bad!" one day. Out of the mouths of babes or kittehs...

ETA - Arianwen kissed me just now when I told her I would turn the bright light off for her.

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