cmendla - 4:33 am on Oct 22, 2010 (gmt 0)
I have to wonder about the reality of CFLs. I could probably understand LED lights however
1. When they did the analysis of 'energy savings' did they calculate the additional costs of manufacture in terms of environmental impact and cost? An incandescent bulb is pretty simple. CFLs are much more complex requiring more components and probably more transportation.
2. Is the energy savings enough to offset the impact of spilling mercury, one of the nastiest substances when the bulbs break? The thought of the spectacle of a team in hazmat suits to clean up a broken light bulb is a bit bizzare.
3. I had a CFL start smoking. I shut it off before it burst into flames. What is the impact on the environment when a home with all it's wood, nylon, paint, plastic and vinyl goes up in smoke? Do you get enough positive environmental savings from using CFLs to offset the occasional house or office building fire.?
Finally, I would LOVE to see the homes of the people pushing the CFLs on us. My bet is that they are lit up like Las Vegas.