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One step forward, two steps back?

Today, I finally took some action on this goal – I went around my home and counted the various types of lightbulbs (even brought a couple of samples along with me), and headed to IKEA. So, I am now in posession of several energy-saving lightbulbs! (That’s the step forward).

The steps back are: IKEA only had two of the types I need; I still need to find globes and ones for the recessed lighting fixtures in the house. But this isn’t nearly as bad as the other giant step backward – my roommate suspects that we have some sort of wiring problem in the house (we tend to go through lightbulbs a lot quicker than normal). And I don’t really want to install all these (not cheap!) new bulbs, only to have them blow out very quickly. So, I think an electrician needs to be called before I can go much further with this goal! WAH.

Although . . . there is something I can do. I’ll cross-post this to my LJ, so that my friends there will hopefully get inspired to change their lightbulbs, too! (And will hopefully all have happy wiring in their homes, so they can actually do it sooner rather than later). :D

Here's some info about Million Bulb Swap Out, btw (I pledged to swap out 35 bulbs):

Check this out - I just pledged to "Make the Switch" - by changing a normal light bulb to an energy-saving compact fluorescent light. Thousands of people are pledging, too.

The next generation of bulbs are better than the old ones and last up to 15 times longer. That saves money and global warming pollution.

In fact, if every household replaced just three 60-watt incandescent light bulbs with CFLs, we would reduce as much pollution as if we took 3.5 million cars off the roads!

Make your own pledge and help out in the fight to stop global warming:



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Aug. 22nd, 2006 08:54 am (UTC)
Presumably you only swap them when they are worn out, otherwise you are just reacting more waste!

Aug. 22nd, 2006 08:54 am (UTC)
Reacting should read 'creating' sorry, fingers are typing crazy stuff today.
Aug. 22nd, 2006 09:22 am (UTC)
If you think you have a wiring problem, you really ought to get an electrician in as an urgent safety matter.

Is Ikea the only place you can get these bulbs? They are available in supermarkets and hardware/DIY shops all over, here.
Aug. 22nd, 2006 09:54 am (UTC)
hmm.. interesting idea, connecting light bulbs with global warming. It took me a while to see the connection! I started thinking: Hmm, where do bulbs do something for the global warming? Where is the pollution. But then: Ah, it's only the power saving.
So, basically you could keep the old light bulbs if you only buy "proper" power? I'm just spinning the idea of that website forward.
(Power saving is always an excellent thing to do)

I grew up in a house where we only had energy saving light bulbs... and I think the bulb in my room is something around 20 years old. They do also save money.
Aug. 22nd, 2006 02:12 pm (UTC)
light bulb pollution
Besides the power consumption and waste generated, there's also light pollution. Having the world lit all of the time isn't natural. Personally since I have sleeping problems I've looking into light being an issue and it's recommended for lighting to be brought down as the night wears on because it's a trigger biologically to get sleepy.
Aug. 22nd, 2006 02:15 pm (UTC)
Re: light bulb pollution
Sure there exists light pollution. But for that, it doesn't matter if you use normal light bulbs or energy saving lightbulbs.... both make light.
Aug. 22nd, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC)
Re: light bulb pollution
True. Which is why the most conservation is in having less light bulbs, regardless of type, and preferably having them off unless you're in the room.
Aug. 22nd, 2006 10:52 am (UTC)
I really should do this.

I have about 40 50W GU10 halogen downlighters in my flat (not my choice - the last owners went a bit made with them) and I've just discovered there is a low energy version of that bulb in 7W, 9W and 11W. The downside is that the individual bulbs cost up to 10 times the price of the normal type, so it would cost around £300 if I were to replace them all (of course, I would phase them in).

Aug. 22nd, 2006 10:52 am (UTC)
That's mad - they were MAD.
Aug. 22nd, 2006 02:08 pm (UTC)
light bulbs
That's a good start. :) I couldn't imagine having 35 lightbulbs in the first place, though. I think even in my mother's house there were only...11 and that includes lamps and outside lights. Only 2 of them were ever usually on. Now I have...5 and only 1 is usually on, the lowest wattage on a 3-setting lamp (I guess that's about a 50 watt).
Aug. 22nd, 2006 03:49 pm (UTC)
Have you checked Gaiam? (http://www.gaiam.com/retail/default.asp). They took over the old Seventh Generation catalogue (old school tree-hugger's catalogue) and have a plethora of bulbs and other niceties. I didn't see it on the web site, but I've seen globe lights and other "odd" shapes in their print catalogue.
The bf and I have been slowly swapping out to their paper towels and toilet paper, and will be trying the laundry and dishwasher soaps next. We lucked out and have a grocery store - Albertson's - that carries the stuff. Why stop at lightbulbs? :)
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

(I'm a huge fan of gaiam, if ya couldn't tell)
Aug. 22nd, 2006 04:17 pm (UTC)
I've switched all of the bulbs in my apartment that could be changed (we use an X-10 home automation system, which can dim lights, so we would need special compact fluorescent lights with dimmer controls for some of our lights- we will get those eventually). I didn't throw the old bulbs away, I just put them back in the light bulb box so when bulbs blow in the X-10 equipped lights, I can use the old bulbs in those. I've seen some cute "recycled" crafts with light bulbs too, so I might use my burnt out bulbs in some craft projects.
Aug. 23rd, 2006 02:47 am (UTC)
I love compact flourescents, and need to get more of them. We tend to replace as bulbs burn out.
Aug. 23rd, 2006 05:16 am (UTC)
I've had them everywhere for years now. We also have timer switches in the bathroom and hallway. :)
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