I Do So Love Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs!January 3, 2007
About 10 years ago I wrote a manual of some sort for GE Lighting. I learned two things from that project. First, I first found out that they refer to light bulbs as “lamps”. In addition to this revelation, I was first introduced to the compact fluorescent bulb (lamp, to them). I remember I was fascinated by its curlicue shape and the fact that you could put one in and it would last years and years. It was more expensive than regular light bulbs, but, as they always do in cases such as this, they’d created an elaborate chart showing how it actually saved money in the long run. (I believe I recreated this chart in the manual.)
Despte my fascination, I never ponied up for one, mostly because I was always moving and I knew the compact fluorescent bulb (lamp, dammit!) was not going to reward me for my patience. Whoever took the apartment after me would be the lucky duck.
As noted by Seth Godin in his ode to the compact fluorescent, these days the bulbs (lamps) are a lot cheaper but they still last a long long time. And I’ve slowly adopted them into my life. The light they give off feels brighter to me and I of course change fewer light bulbs.
Where the fewer bulbs thing comes in handy is for those places where I have to stand on a chair to change a bulb. My house has a few of these, and each one has a heavyish, bowl-shaped cover over the bulb. When changing them I have to unscrew the little brass holder while simultaneously holding that big bowl cover up so it doesn’t crash down on my head. All of this makes my arms tired. Plus I’m standing on a chair the whole time, so I’m always feeling a little shaky.
In short, it’s a pain in the ass. So somewhere along the way I wised up and got the compact fluorescent bulbs and now I don’t have to climb up there so often.
The side benefit to them is that they are more environmentally-friendly, in that they consume less energy. Actually that’s a big benefit to me, but if you don’t give a hoot about global warming (it’s another balmy 50+ degree January day in Cleveland today!), the cost benefit and the decreased hassle will make you a happy camper.
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