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My dollar store gamble that didn't pay off

April 3rd, 2007 at 03:35 pm

I admit it. I squandered $1.00 today. Actually, with tax, it was $1.07. We went looking for some things DD needs for the Renaissance Fair her class is doing. I came across compact fluorescent light bulbs. I figured the ones they are selling for $1 probably couldn't be as good as the ones sold everywhere else for 10 times as much, but I decided to gamble and buy one.

Guess what. They're not as good. First, it is a white fluorescent, so really can't be used to replace an incandescent bulb as it is a totally different type of light. Also, the package said it lights instantly. That isn't quite true. There is a couple second delay when you turn it on. Finally, it didn't seem very bright, though I didn't leave it on long so it might have brightened after a minute or two as some bulbs will do that.

Of course, it isn't a total loss as it is a working light bulb. I just can't use it where I was planning to.

3 Responses to “My dollar store gamble that didn't pay off”

  1. Nic Says:

    I tried those CFL's a couple of years ago and the light it put out just wasn't suitable. It cast a yellowish light. I also have concerns about where to dispose it since it contains mercury.

  2. disneysteve Says:

    Yes, CFLs do contain mercury. You can't put them out in your regular trash. You need to recycle them.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Wow, I learned something. I didn't know that they had mercury in them. I only have one in our house at the moment, so at least I've never thrown one in the trash!

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