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  •  LEDs, sure, but NO to CFLs (4+ / 0-)
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    Most people on the autism spectrum, like myself, and others who aren't sensory-dull like most "normal" people, find florescent bulbs to be a horrific assault on the senses. I can't use CFLs in my bedroom or study/computer area, only in rooms where I has no deserve to spend quality time in like the kitchen or bathroom.

    Plus, in my experience of CFLs they're an absolute rip-off. They last a fraction of the package claims, and they really don't make much a difference in electricity usage (and yes, we've had our house checked by an electrician-twice--since we started giving CFLs try). And then there's the mercury issue. More polluting bang for your buck, I guess.

    I like LEDs, but until LEDs for ordinary household uses are more available where I live, I'm sticking to incandescent. I please don't tell me to order lightbulbs online. That's hardly an eco-friendly option to have lightbulbs shipped to you personally versus buying them from the store when I'm there to get other things as well.

    •  LEDs don't produce any light in lumens per watt (1+ / 0-)
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      codeman38

      it's like reading by glowsticks.
      If you must use incandescents at least put in dimmer switches.

    •  Know how you feel (1+ / 0-)
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      codeman38

      but I shopped around and found the GE low color temperature lamps.  Not the same as an incandescent, but quite tolerable..  (They do wreak havoc on color perception though).  I've also found that using the lowest possible wattage really helps.  

      Die energie der Welt ist constant; die Entropie der welt strebt einem Maximum zu. - Rudolf Clausius, 1865

      by xgy2 on Wed Mar 02, 2011 at 02:59:32 PM PST

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      •  For some people, it's not the color. (5+ / 0-)
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        lgmcp, buddabelly, codeman38, sneakers563, xgy2

        Or the intensity.

        It's that damn flicker. Just because some people can't perceive it doesn't mean everyone can't, even in the newest CFLs.

        Hoping and praying that the empty chairs and empty tables in th4e Middle East and Northern Africa when all is said and done are as few as possible.

        by Cassandra Waites on Wed Mar 02, 2011 at 03:04:46 PM PST

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        •  Again, it takes some shopping (2+ / 0-)
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          and some Googling.  Yeah, I forgot about the flicker, but that is typically a characteristic of the cheaper designs (I can see it too - big time).  The cheapies also tend to use the blue phosphors.  Put the two together and you have one evil lamp.

          Die energie der Welt ist constant; die Entropie der welt strebt einem Maximum zu. - Rudolf Clausius, 1865

          by xgy2 on Wed Mar 02, 2011 at 03:09:58 PM PST

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          •  Problem is, the flicker is a feature, not a bug. (1+ / 0-)
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            codeman38

            It can be limited, but it's still tied to the technology used to produce light in the things.

            And it really doesn't help that in my area, the large wattage replacements are what's on the market, and the only brand in over 20 miles is what Walmart carries (because everyone else carries the same thing). Cheaper design? Try only design and only available in Blinding and More Blinding.

            Hoping and praying that the empty chairs and empty tables in th4e Middle East and Northern Africa when all is said and done are as few as possible.

            by Cassandra Waites on Wed Mar 02, 2011 at 03:16:20 PM PST

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