Incandescent Bulbs Free to Good Home

Bob Bruninga bruninga at
Fri May 25 08:39:25 CDT 2012

Around here, Home Depot has a CFL recycling box by their exit doors.  With
55 in my house over the last  several years, I have only had one fail in the
last year (after 3 years of 24/7/365 use in the basement.  Though I also
admit that I bought a batch from walmart in the early days, and half of them
failed in the first 1 second.

Savings from 55 bulbs at $50 each is over $2500 over their life.  I am very
happy with them.  Bob, WB4aPR

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E. Seastrom
Sent: Friday, May 25, 2012 6:41 AM
To: Joseph Bento
Cc: 'Tacos AMRAD'
Subject: Re: Incandescent Bulbs Free to Good Home

Joseph Bento <joseph at> writes:

> The new T8 fluorescent tubes are great for the shop.  In fact my
> workplace has converted to all T8's in the overhead fixtures,
> replacing all the T12's.
> I still wonder if the energy savings will outweigh the mercury
> contamination.  Where I live, residences (not businesses) can
> dispose of CFL's with household trash.  Mercury contamination is
> already an issue in Utah, since a good majority of our power comes
> from coal fired plants.  Use less electricity, less mercury
> contamination from the coal.  What of the mercury in the countless
> thousands of bulbs that end up in landfills, however?

It compares quite favorably, actualy.


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