Lighting issue: Premature light bulb failure

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I dont see any hazardous material warnings at the Home Depot lighting aisle, nor prominant on the packaging that I can remember. Maybe the package tells you it's hazardous if it pops, but that is in the "small print".
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on 9/19/2007 2:01 PM RickH said the following:

If it pops, and all that mercury flows out, just think of the horror! All those moths crashing to the ground.
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Bill
In Hamptonburgh, NY
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Clark wrote:

Around here our power is coal-fired. Burning coal results in mercury in the exhaust. The reduction in mercury pollution in the power plant due to the power savings more than makes up for the mercury in the bulb.
If your power is non-coal based, this may not hold true.
Chris
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uses 15 watts.
15/65 = 0.23 or 23% so the 'saving' is 100 - 23 = 77%, pretty close to 80% as stated.
But, in this moderate climate, that 'wasted' heat would contribute to heating the house, in place of the electric heat cutting in! Lighting is mainly used in the evenings and at night, especially as the cooler evenings 'draw in' (shorten). Which is when it is cooler and heating is required.
So still haven't convinced our selves there is any savings yet. from using a $2 to $3 CFL in place of a 25 cent incandescent that uses four times the amount of electricity when it is on. Our one experiment with a 'cheapy' CFL outside, which tends to be on all night, over the front door, during the winter was not a success! It looks like a more expensive CFL is required for temps. below freezing? May try one when the existing 5000 hour long life bulb which has been there for the last five years or so burns out.
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