questionswho can you trust for cfl bulbs to arrive…

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Isn't that a hazmat issue once they break?

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@lavikinga: Supposedly. There's a little issue with mercury vapor escaping into the air. But, if they broke on the UPS truck, then it's probably already dissipated.

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It's more than just mercury escaping into the air. If you read the reports on how to handle a broken bulb in your home, you'll note that there are specific recommendations on how to clean the area that the bulb broke in. Personally, I solved this problem by purchasing 1200 60 watt bulbs (and a few 3-way and 150 watt bulbs for my lamps that take such things).

Yes, my friends, it's true. I am now officially a hoarder. Seriously, though, I have the financial means to do this, and plenty of storage (inside my home, where they won't be exposed to weather extremes). I recognize that some of them will degrade over the years, but for the most part, I expect them to last for many years. My own life expectancy is around another 30 years (it seems odd to say that, but I'm being realistic), and I calculate that the number of bulbs I've purchased is approximately the correct number for that span of time.

I want the light to turn on when I flip the switch, and I want natural light.

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If you have a smartphone (iPhone or Android), check out the mobile app, Light Bulb Finder. You can use it to find bulbs that fit and look right - and order directly through the app. More info at lightbulbfinder .net

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Just for the sake of having this all in the same place.

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

Please remember that the EPA is going to be very conservative in their public suggestions. I have friends who are also stockpiling incandescent bulbs, and we are educated and knowledgeable people. YMMV. HTH. HAND.

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@shrdlu: You're just saving for the eBay incandescent bulb black market in a few years when all of the supplies have been exhausted in the main stream. You'll be hoarding all the way to the bank.

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@dangela424: Nope. Not it.

In the antique world, there are a few different types of people. There are casual vendors (people with a space or two in an antique mall), serious vendors (multiple spaces, multiple antique malls, or perhaps their own store), and then there are collectors. Some collectors just collect at random (not too dissimilar from those creepy television shows about hoarders); others are serious, preferring one period over others, and seldom, if ever, give anything up.

You can guess which I am. Sometimes I end up with things I don't want, because I've purchased a combined lot at an auction, when I really only wanted one or two pieces. I NEVER give up pieces that I've acquired. This goes for light bulbs too. I'm hoping that either someone invents a decent replacement, or that they restart factories, and make incandescents again. Failing that, I have a supply. Mexico will still be making them; wait and see.