Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Satan's Light Bulbs

I drove by a Protestant church recently that had the following moral exhortation on their lawn marquee:

"Saving the world, one light-bulb at a time."

Wow! Talk about a test of faith. Don't think you're going to slide through the gates of heaven without renouncing Satan's bulbs -- not a chance!

Read the whole essay in the American Thinker


Lori Waggoner said...

I enjoyed the article, because I agree with it.

And these stupid new light bulbs are a hoax! I bought them, not because I give a rip about global warming, but because my light bulbs burn out so frequently and these babies were supposed to last for 5-7 years. For me it was a matter of convenience...oh, well. I have already replaced at least 5 of them which had been installed for fewer than 6 months!

If they can't make something as simple as an energy-efficient light bulb, why in the world would I buy their silly energy-efficient cars?

pentamom said...

Lori, are you sure there isn't a problem with your light fixture?

I've been buying those for some of my fixtures for years (the ones whose looks I don't care about like halls and closets), and they've all lasted several years.

Banning incandescents is ridiculous. The other day it dawned on me: are we all going to have to replace all of our non-standard fixtures? I'm thinking of things like my ceiling fans and kitchen chandelier and other fixtures that use decorative bulbs. Not to mention my bathroom bar lights with those ridiculous fluorescent things sticking out of them -- UUUUUGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!!

Lori Waggoner said...

Jane - this has actually happened with several different light fixtures. 3 of the 5 have been in ceiling fans with dimmer switches...I thought that might be the problem, but I've also lost 2 in bathroom fixtures.

And yeah, they're pretty ugly sticking out of those ceiling fans!

pentamom said...

They aren't supposed to work properly with dimmers, are they?

The problem is that fluorescents aren't immediate-on like incandescents. There's a brief time lag as the fluorescent molecules get activated and begin to glow. When they're new, they come on so quickly that you don't notice the time lag. But after they've aged a bit, they don't come on right away, and you being to think they're burned out. What's often the case is just that they take a minute to come on. (I know, that's not terribly desirable, but it's not the same thing as being burned out.)

I would think that dimmers would mess this up even more, but even non-dimmers will often start to lag after a while.

Or, maybe you just got a bad batch. I dunno -- all I know is that in probably ten years of using them in some of my lights, I've never had one die that quickly.

Lori Waggoner said...

Well, we made sure we didn't actually use the dimmer function after the first time I tried and the light just quivered off and on. Ours have had a delay switching on since the beginning, and those that I replaced sat "burned out" in their sockets for weeks before I replaced them, so I think I would have noticed had they eventually lit up. There is one I still haven't replaced...I think I'll go turn it on and check it in a few minutes just to make sure it isn't just REALLY slow to activate.

Thanks for the tips!