A dimmer view of fluorescent bulbs

Cone is keeping up with Rep. Pricey Harrison’s efforts to make incandescent bulbs go the way of the dinosaur.

A laudable thing on many levels.  But I, and other romantics, will have a problem with it because this phrase will be all but lost if Pricey gets her way: “Dim the lights, honey…”

I placed dimmers on almost every light in our house when I re-wired it because, well, because I like to dim the lights.  Even our front porch light is dimmable.  With fluorescents, dimming is possible, but difficult and expensive to achieve.

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4 Comments

  1. cwk
    Posted May 4, 2007 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    Laudable? Flourescent bulbs contain mercury. With the hunderds of thousands of those cute curly bulbs being sold every year in an attempt to save us from global warming, we may very well be creating an even more toxic environment than the one we’re trying to correct. Harrison must be as mad as a hatter!

  2. Brenda Bowers
    Posted May 7, 2007 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    Then again she may not be! Bb

  3. Jeffrey Sykes
    Posted May 10, 2007 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    They contain trace levels of mercury, which only require that you do not eat them or anything foolish like that.

    Please use fluorescent bulbs and recycle them properly.

    http://www.informinc.org/fact_P3fluorescentlamps.php

  4. Jeffrey Sykes
    Posted May 10, 2007 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    Y’all may think I’m goofy, but I found the mercury/fluorescent bulb issue interesting and important since we’ve been switching over in my house in recent months.

    Here are some more links about the issue.

    http://lamprecycle.org/

    http://www.nema.org/lamprecycle/support_files/messageforall.htm