What I Shed Today

lightening up a little at a time

incandescent bulbs

on August 30, 2014

Nimue and I were early adopters of compact fluorescents. (Our first was a pre-curly-q-version that required its own transformer to operate … I used it in my bedside reading light.) We loved their energy efficiency and longer life. So we made a big infrastructural investment in buying them. We’ve used them for over a decade, and they’re only now burning out.

I think the only incandescent bulbs left in the house are in appliances or have odd bases—except for those in our dining area chandelier. It has a dimmer switch, which won’t work with CFLs.

But now that LED lamps are mainstream, much better tech has arrived, without the mercury pollution concerns of CFLs. I started our migration today with the purchase (on a closeout sale at the Big Box Home Improvement Warehouse) of three chandelier-type bulbs. We burn that light a lot, so it’s efficient to change it over first. Even on closeout, the LEDs weren’t cheap (about $13 each), but they reduce our energy use for that fixture by about 90%, immediately and permanently. And they’ll last so long, we may be able to will them to our nieces and nephews.

out with the old, in with the new

out with the old, in with the new

shedding style: replace

Comments welcome … to spread out our cost of conversion, I plan to upgrade one fixture per month. Do you have any bright ideas about how you might switch to (mostly) LED lighting?


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