December 5, 2010 at 2:10 pm #484147
Forgot to say in regards to the mercury in them it is a small dot of mercury and if you take them to the proper recycling place the mercury is then used for the fillings in your teeth!December 5, 2010 at 4:21 pm #484148
I’ve had mine for 3 years now and not one has blown, Mind you I got mine from Woollies and bought the phillips brand.
What I did was bought the strongest/brightest globe I could get for the lounge room (equivalent to 125 watts) and the rest of the house has globes varying in equivalency to 25 watts (Laundry/toilet/bathroom), 40 watts (dining room), and the 3 bedrooms and the kitchen are 60 watts.
Why that much for the lounge-room? because that is where I do all my reading, crocheting, computer work etc. I don’t find I have a warm up time (if they do, I don’t notice it!) and in a Tasmanian Summer I don’t turn the light on at all for about 5 months of the year…
For my sewing table I have a halogen desk lamp as it gives me focussed light…
We recently had a household chemical collection day and one of the things collected was these energy efficient light globes…so it IS possible to recycle them, I’d say the opportunities are thin on the ground at the present.
Still, I’d rather LED lights eventually…December 6, 2010 at 7:32 am #484149
is there proper recycling centres?
if they have them up here they certainly don’t advertise the fact.
we buy the higher wattage brighter bulbs all burn with good reading brightness, use a halogen desk lamp at pooter work station.
is it amalgum that contains the mercury for teeth? when i need a filling i ask they don’t use it, but probably too little too late, i have many very old fillings so damage done. no matter how small the amount of mercury in the bulbs they will largely end up in land fill, what was wrong with houses designed to suit fleuro’ tube lights? the best i know is all light type bulbs designed to last for X amount of turn on’s ie.,. say 50, if they aren’t lasting then either poor quality bulbs or home wiring issue. we bough whole lot for all of house replacement and 3 failed either right from start or in very short order, then another about 3 years later but none since.
lenDecember 6, 2010 at 2:25 pm #484150
I’ve still got 3 fluorescent tube lights and in 20 yrs have only replaced one tube and one starter.
If I had my way I’d have them all through the house.December 9, 2010 at 12:19 am #484151
I had a problem with start up time in my new house in 2007 – I could walk from the bedroom to the kitchen in complete darkness before the living room light could flicker and flash its way to being on, and then it took time to warm up.
I hate the things, don’t like fluoro of any sort. If I’d kept the house I would have bought some standard lamps and used halogen globes, or LEDs which I’ve just discovered are horrendously expensive.
I think it’s just another marketing ploy.December 9, 2010 at 2:50 am #484152
I don’t have any advice on buying bulbs, sorry… But I do know that Ikea recycles them, if you have one nearby!
gardenlen- there’s one at Logan if you’re ever down that way.
Not sure if rubbish dumps have facilities for them yet though…
List of websites to check out for each state… might be handy in locating your nearest center!
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