dealsge energy smart 31064 13-watt spiral cfl bulbs (8…

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Available from Amazon for $9.99 and eligible for free shipping (with $25 minimum or Amazon Prime). Also got decent reviews on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/GE-13-Watt-Energy-SmartTM-replacement/dp/B000NISDNU

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It shouldn't be that hard to find CFL bulbs for around a $1/bulb for 13W and not much more for 25W.

BTW - the past concerns about breaking them and mercury spilling and needing a special clean-up crew to was fear mongering and propaganda. Yes, there is mercury but very little...think thermometer.

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My only gripe with these as in my experience with numerous brands they hardly last the advertised times. I've never had a CFL outlast a regular bulb. Maybe I just have bad luck.

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@djspawn00: Same with me. I have had luck though calling the company and having them replace them. I guess they last longer than regular bulbs THAT way LOL...

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@tucnguyen: I don't think a "special clean up crew" was ever mentioned by reliable critics of CFL bulbs.

But these non binding procedures from the EPA would make anyone ask questions, such as "if they are so safe, then why these procedures?"

http://www.epa.gov/cfl/cflcleanup-detailed.html

Although the greater problem with CFL bulbs is what happens when the Mercury in the bulbs finds its way into our water supplies

http://www.science20.com/make_love_not_war/blog/one_broken_%E2%80%98green%E2%80%99_cfl_bulb_contains_least_05_mg_mercury-72032

And how about this, from a pro-green website:
http://www.greenmuze.com/blogs/guest-bloggers/1031-the-dark-side-of-cfls.html

If the environmentalists don't like these bulbs then there REALLY has to be something wrong going on here.

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My only concern is how well will these bulbs hold up during parcel shipping.

It is one thing to ship them in bulk to stores, it is another to put one package in a box with some crumpled paper and let it be shipped through UPS, FedEx or the USPS. I'm not saying they are terrible at handling post, but they can't exactly afford to treat everything with kid gloves, either.

I'm sure no one wants to order these things and get a box full of shattered glass.

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@tucnguyen: I agree. Most of the FUD is just marketing.
Nobody worries about mercury in the other ones in your kitchen, bathroom, work, etc; why these? The FUD was spread by one company (and teabaggers) in Texas. And they don't make all their incandescents, they mostly import them. Another talk crap about your rivals behind their back kinda marketing thing.
Here at LAX, the one real anti anti-plastic bag beeyotch is one company in Georgia. Same ol thang. Same with the anti anti-BPA plastic, too.
Around here the electric corps have sales every so often, and I'll pick up a bag of 11, 13 and 26 watt bulbs at two for a dollar. Granted I still have maybe a dozen of the pinkish ones that have to warm up, but the rest: great.
I'd say upgrade your rating. The package says buy an 11 watt CFL as a replacement, get a 13 or 15. You'll be happier.
The three CFLs that never get turned off- 3 years later they are still lit. The bathroom one turned on a dozen times a day? Replaced every half year.

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At Home Depot, their 14 watt (60 watt equivalent) 4 pack is $1.97 so for $1 less than this deal you can have a 12 pack. I have used these throughout my home for over three years now and have yet to replace one from burning out.

Here is the link:

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100687000/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

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$0.85 in Michigan for above ^link^

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These don't work with dimmers, right?

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@stevedog1

EcoSmart 14-Watt (60W) Soft White CFL Light Bulbs (4-Pack)
Model # ES5M8144 Store SKU # 423599
$6.47 /EA-Each

In Louisville KY

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@lintegras: stevedog suggested, in the other "deal", printing out the price ($0.85) for Michigan (48316) and seeing if the store will price match!

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@djspawn00: it's not you... our common stair lights have burned out twice within a year n half... my regular bulbs have lasted 4+ years... yeah more energy efficient.. my rear..... guess who has lobbyists greasing government palms now ???

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@thetexastwister: I wouldn't read too much into the EPA instructions other than overly cautious instructions. Read any other gov warning and you'll find them overly cautious as well.

Now let's think the warning through about the water pollution. If it were really that much of a risk or danger, do you think they'd sell thermometers and other things with mercury in it?

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@thetexastwister: BTW - did you know that the CFL is exactly the same as those big long fluorescent light bulbs in buildings? The "C" stands for "Compact". The only difference between them is that they are smaller and they've managed to coil the long glass tube so it's smaller and more bulb like.

Again, much ado about nothing.

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@tucnguyen: Yes, the EPA is overly cautious, but the guidelines can still frighten someone who doesn't know enough.

The problem with your argument for the thermometers is that we don't throw away those away as frequently or with the same numbers as CFL light bulbs.

A properly cared for thermometer/thermostat can last years or even decades (at least the thermometer I have is decades old). Most homes probably will only have but one thermometer and if they have a Central Air unit then a thermostat, as well.

But CFL bulbs are disposable and will be replaced each time one goes out. Considering some of the posts here that sounds like it could be with some frequency. CFL's can also be used in every lighting application in a home.

So compare (maybe) one or two thermometers/thermostats in a home that last years or decades to a couple of dozen CFL light bulbs that get discarded on a regular basis. The concern is more about aggregate mercury concentration from all the bulbs.

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@thetexastwister: Actually, your point about EPA was to question the clean-up procedure, not about people understanding them or not. So even with your admission, the clean up is overblown.

See my following post about the large fluorescent light bulbs because it does answer your point. Same stuff, even more mercury vapor in it, and there are just as many if not more because they're in most of the corporate and public buildings which addresses your point about them throwing them away.

I think I've addressed your points or concerns about them.