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  •  Up front costs matter. (2+ / 0-)
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    Brainwrap, sillia

    That $10 bulb is important. A $5 bulb even moreso.

    Our house isn't very big, but I can think of at least 30 bulbs in our house, just counting attached fixtures and ignoring lamps.

    Those of us in the "not nearly well-to-do zone" must often face a choice that is "fancy light-bulb or dinner", which is a very different dynamic from "low up-front costs but higher total costs vs. higher initial investment vs long-term savings."

    I would expect that to be especially true for renters, who may not expect to receive the full long-term benefit of LED bulbs.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 07:18:17 AM PDT

    •  start with the one you use the most (1+ / 0-)
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      I've been there...over 25 years ago my husband and I bought one expensive Panasonic CFL lightbulb and put it in the fixture over the kitchen table. That's where we hang out the most, it's kind of the center of the house, and that light is on many hours each day. Over time we added more, for example the reading lamps in our favorite spots. Hall lights that only come on for brief periods don't need energy-efficient bulbs, really.

      Here's the thing--you want to buy good quality. Many people complain that CFL's don't last as advertised. But the well-made expensive ones did--that first bulb we bought lasted MORE than 20 years and was on many hours each day. It was an amazingly good purchase. The cheapy ones are just not as good.

      Wait until you find a really good quality LED (Cree?) bulb, and when you can afford it, put it in your most-used spot. If EVERY American did that, just replaced one bulb,  they'd have to start shutting down power plants.

      I think your point is well taken, that the average person is not going to buy more expensive bulbs. Most people don't, or can't, because of financial constraints, plan for the long term. But it's not all or nothing. Think number of usage hours per fixture, not number of bulbs in the house.

      Where in the Constitution does it say: "...on behalf of corporate interests" ???

      by sillia on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 08:21:33 AM PDT

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    •  Renters can always keep the original bulbs, and (0+ / 0-)

      switch them back when they move.  

      Could you start with your highest use, highest wattage fixture, replacing one bulb at a time, instead of a whole set?

      •  It's all a matter of incentives (0+ / 0-)

        $20-40 is a lot of money for a bulb, not matter how much long-term sense it makes.  It's the sort of thing you can do when there's extra money in your pocket.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 10:52:29 AM PDT

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