About those new energy-saving light bulbs -- I think some are called
Anyway, say I have a desk lamp with a small label that says that I
shouldn't use more than a 60-watt bulb. A new "60-watt" florescent
bulb uses only 13 watts of energy and doesn't get as hot as a
60-watt incandescent light bulb. A 100-watt florescent
would only use, say, 24 watts of energy (I don't know the exact
amount). So could I use a 100-watt florescent bulb in the desk lamp
that's rated for no higher than a 60-watt bulb?
Thanks in advance,
8^)~ Sue (remove the x to email)
I reserve the absolute right to be smarter today than I was
Yes, the rating on the fixture applies to the amount of current drawn and the
amount of heat it can dissipate. On both counts the "100-watt equivalent"
compact flourescant qualifies.
Those new bulbs are supposed to last 8 years, but I've noticed a very
high failure rate. I've bought 20 and 10 of them failed either out of
the box or within 6 months. Keep your recieipts.
Also, the 100 watt ones produce less light than the 75 watt
Have you seen the reports of the problem of disposal and especially
the danger in clean up if one breaks. One woman was quoted a $2000.00
for decontamination of her daughters bedroom. Seems they contain
mercury and it is a toxic material by EPA. So you are playing with
fire in using them. Yea I know the Green people are advocating them
but they aren't putting out the hazard of them either.
There's as much energy in a gallon of gas
as there is in a stick of dynamite !
Be sure to store ALL gasoline at least a mile from your house.
( that includes the stuff in your autos gas tank )
.... I hear the sky is falling too !
A Philips 25-watt Marathon CFL contains less than 3 mg of Hg -- 2.64
to be exact. To put this in perspective, my Honeywell thermostats
each contain 3,000 mg (my home has three). Sky falling? Now *that's*
something to worry about!
In a saner time years back, I broke a real thermometer with real mercury
in it; I could see it bead up on the floor. Remembering that someone
told me it was toxic, I called a poison control center for instructions.
The person on the other end acted like I was crazy to waste her time;
she told me to pick it up any way possible without a lot of skin contact,
and implied that I should quit bothering her with nonsense.
Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast.
That\'s why stereo has two channels.
I've told this story before, but when my upstairs neighbor swallowed
bleach, I looked in my two first aid booklets' poison section and
found nothing, and called the poison control center, and her book
didn't say anything either. She asked a doctor who said no problem. I
guess I had told them that she hadn't swallowed much of it, but years
later I found out that bleach is a posion of some sort if you swallow
maybe a cup.
I wonder how big a city one has to live in to keep one person in the
poison control center busy for 80% of an 8 hours shift.
Bleach is not a poison, it's a caustic agent.
(Stomach acid is mostly HCl, just in fairly dilute form)
The accidental ingestion rules should be on the bottle,
and IIRC, are to drink water and/or milk, in order to
dilute the acid to a level your stomach can cope with.
I did call it a poison so you were right to correct me.
I should have called a caustic agent control center. :)
This was 25 years ago, and I don't think there were any remedied
listed, but in addition, they didn't have the bottle. One roommate
poured the bleach into a plastic or cardboard milk carton, the second
roommmate came home and found the "milk" on the table so she put it in
the refrigerator, and the third girl took it out of the fridge and
drank some. Then she came downstairs to see me.
My seventh grade science teacher (back in 1956) made a game whereby we
were supposed to pass a glob of mercury hand to hand to see if it could
get around the class without dropping. We all survived, AFAIK. At
least, speaking for myself, my forked tail is not too uncomfortable when
I'm seated, and my horn hides nicely under my baseball cap.
Paul in San Francisco
And keep in mind the hard lesson some have learned - when these bulbs
break, you have serious hazardous waste situation with the mercury
powder in the bulbs. For all the hysteria about how "eco-friendly"
these CF bulbs are, they are a homeowner's nightmare.
In a word, just say "no."
The powder in the bulbs is the phosphor. There is mercury, but it
should be in tiny little drops of liquid mercury. There's so little you
might not be able to see it at all (~4 mg).
Where do you get this information from?
An incident talking about CF breakage can be found here:
Not hysteria. It's actually happened.
On Apr 25, 1:28 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org (Dave Martindale) wrote:
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