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Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

CFL’s – What’s Their “Dirty” Secret? (Part 3)

Continuing on from the last post in this series on CFL’s.

In Part 2 of this article I covered the safe alternatives to CFL’s; in particular the highly efficient LED lamps. I also introduced solutions to the issue of “dirty electricity” in the home environment.

Could CFL's be making you sick?Because there are such a wide range of adverse health effects that are reportedly linked to the use of CFL’s, I felt this issue warranted a section on its own.

Could CFL’s REALLY
be making you sick?

You just might find the answers to your problem in this report.

Do you suffer from any of the following?

nausea,          dizzy spells,          joint pain,
blurry vision,          anxiety,          eye pain,  
headaches,          migraine,          or skin rashes?

The symptoms listed here are among many reported by consumers who claimed that CFL’s were the cause of their problems. They reported that often dramatic symptom relief occurred when CFL’s were removed.

Earlier this month a Canadian investigative TV series 16:9 The Bigger Picture published a story of their continued investigation into the possible dangers of using those curly fluorescent light bulbs (CFL’s).

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

LED Bulbs ? Price vs Value

Following in between postings on my 3-Part article on the “Dirty Secret” of CFL’s, I wanted to bring to your attention some examples of what you can expect when exploring the option of advanced LED technology for household lighting.

Better than have me rave on trying to describe to you what’s what, I’ve lined up a few videos that convey the message quite nicely. I found them quite eye-opening and as well as educational.

This first one  features Editor-In-Chief of EcoGeek.org, Hank Green. He conducts quite an amusing 5-minute demonstration and comparative assessment of the ZetaLux, EvoLux and CL-3 against CFL  and Incandescent Bulbs.

In addition to learning a thing or two about these bulbs, you’re quite likely to crack a smile every now and then too. Check it out.

Comparing Bulb Options
Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

CFL’s – What’s Their “Dirty” Secret? (Part 2)

Continuing on from my last post.

Safer Alternatives To using CFL's

In Part 1 of this article I attempted to present a broader understanding of evidence relating to the negative impact that Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL’s) are having upon our health and the environment.

There is one part of the rationale used by the movement supporting the use of CFL’s, that I did not mention in Part 1. The logic is as follows. Greater lamp efficiency => less energy needed => less fossil fuels used => less mercury containing pollutants released into the atmosphere.

I don’t know who did the calculations on this one, but it seems to me that if there are devices already in existence that are MORE efficient than CFL’s AND also mercury free, then we should focus more in that direction; even if that alternative currently costs more.

What do YOU think? .. Maybe I’m missing something here. Please post a comment to enlighten me if you’ve found something that addresses this.

So, am I inferring that there ARE energy efficient, safer alternatives to CFL’s? YES INDEED; in fact, to me, it provides a much more attractive solution to the issue of lowering energy consumption and reducing polluting emissions. 

                  What Are Safe Alternatives to CFL Bulbs? 

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

CFL’s – What’s Their “Dirty” Secret? (Part 1)

Amidst noticeable controversy, governments around the world have declared that the days of the incandescent bulb are numbered. Here in Australia the "icon" of household lighting has essentially disappeared from the shelves already.The Incandescent Light Bulb - The "Villan"?

Other countries planning scheduled phase-outs in the next two to four years, include Argentina, Italy, Russia, the United Kingdom, Canada, the European Union and the United States.

Logical vs Sensible

The current "global warming" hysteria seems to be racing in one direction like a bull at a gate. In response, some “solutions” are being written into law that leave me scratching my head as to their logic.

Take the whole issue around finding more energy-efficient alternatives to lighting, for example. Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) are leading the pack as the preferred “green” alternative.

Did you know that these CFLs contain toxic mercury and that, when disposed of, they contaminate landfills and the environment? But that’s not all. There’s even more issues that make them hazardous to your health just by using them.