That lovely operating theater glow

When I was last out with Gregory in suburb-land, I picked up a pack of the compact fluorescent bulbs for home use. While I appreciate the energy-savings, I don’t like them at all. They give off a light that is too white and makes the room feel sterile. And now apparently I can’t just throw them away!

Governments, utilities, environmentalists and, of course, retailers everywhere are spreading the word.

Few, however, are volunteering to collect the mercury-laced bulbs for recycling — despite what public officials and others say is a potential health hazard if the hundreds of millions of them being sold are tossed in the trash and end up in landfills and incinerators.

Considering the last one was a complete debacle, I wonder if DC will do another recycling day?

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3 Responses

  1. pyack says:

    Homo Depot sells CFBs with color temperatures much closer to that which you get with the old incadescents. I have replaced most of our bulbs with CFBs and other than the warm-up time, it’s hard to tell the difference.

  2. Brian says:

    pyack: I need to hop a zipcar and head out to a Homo Depot then. Clearly the ones I got are not the right “temps” for my tastes. Of course now I have to find a facility to take my old bulbs. 😉

  3. pyack says:

    given that these are new bulbs, it’s obscene to throw them away or recycle them. you might want to leave them out by your elevator with a little sign that says “free”. If nothing else, the maintenance staff may take them home and reuse them..

    The old saying goes REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE. It’s in the order it’s in for a reason 🙂

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