24 Saying “No” To The Old Bulbs

Saying “No” To The Old Bulbs

Posted on April 23, 2010 by team


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If you want to discredit the idea of energy saving, bring a crowd of pensioners to the square, set a little stall to sell energy saving bulbs... In April Moscow held an auction of oldsters in support of the Russian government initiative in the sphere of energy saving. Active pensioners decided to buy 1000 energy saving bulbs on their own money in public and thus, to show that even they, the pensioners, are ready to support the Russian government and the president in their initiative to adopt energy saving technology. In order everyone who wished to buy the bulbs there was set one (!) tiny stall fated to be the hottest spot of the auction. Upon the official part some insanity began...


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Activists called for support of energy saving initiative from the stage and stigmatized those who are afraid of anything new. For some unknown reason the main opponent of the progress became the leader of the communist party and activists prepared a special present - a box with glow bulbs.

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24 Responses to “Saying “No” To The Old Bulbs”

  1. Cristi says:

    Yes, first!!! :)

  2. perristalsis says:

    The rumor was there was a free condom in each pack.

  3. JZ says:

    Why are there only old people, because they have nothing better to do?

  4. none says:

    Some people still think that they are living in soviet union. In those times, when something scarse was on store (batteries, lamps and even soap or meat) was on sale, then only the first ones in the store could get some.

    soviet union is gone, deal with it.

  5. lolzorz says:

    “energy saving bulbs” is the biggest scam of the decade, forced on us by our own governments. Anyone who switched to those energy saving bulbs and actually tracked how much energy was saved already knows this. Usualy it’s something like 1-2%, and it’s achieved mostly because those new bulbs take time to warm up, and use less energy (but give less light) for some time after being switched on.

    • Hutcheson says:

      Not really, the material in energy-saving bulb produce less heat to be wasted compared to traditional ones

      • Rubinovich says:

        in theory yes, but in practice it doesn’t translate into much saved energy. Tell me- did you bother to measure how much energy you saved after switching to the new bulbs? Was it more than 1%?

        And also new lightbulbs are far worse to the enviroment. And cost only 15 times more than regular ones.

        • SideShow Bob says:

          I’ve tracked our energy savings. It s been close to 50% after replacing our most often used lights with flourescents.

    • me says:

      Not really, you have no idea what you are talking about.
      Also, a conventional bulb uses more electricity while cold, how about that?

    • marc says:

      you have no idea what you are talking about you dumb peasant

    • Papa Karlo says:

      They are actually enforced by the bulb-producing companies. They use to produce all bulbs domestically, but they were very cheap. Now they produce all bulbs in China, for the same price it cost them before to produce bulbs domestically. Then sell these bulbs for 10 times more than before. The difference is pocketed. The bad thing is, nobody is recycling them, they go to landfill, dumping tons of mercury into ground water. Secondly, their production requires thousands of times more energy than conventional bulbs, but that’s in China, so who cares. Thirdly, their production pollutes environment horribly, but again that’s in China, so who cares.

  6. Communist inspied propaganda, good party membersbuy bulbs. Coummunist inspired line too, just like good old days.

  7. Andreas Karlen says:

    during ignition those lamps consume lots more energy than the “old” incandescent bulbs. so using them in rooms like a stairway or a WC makes you waste even more energy.
    despite of really indiscussable energy savings those bulbs contain mercury and MUST get a proper recycling. do you believe that these people know that?

    i agree with lolzorz: biggest scam of the decade: only for the industry. and some convenient populistic places for the politicians.

    lets see the average mercury intoxication in 20-30 years.

    • Brug says:

      I will disagree with you. I changed all the “old” bulbs in my flat to the “new” ones and got a constant saving of ~70-100 KWh per month (~400 KWh before, ~300 KWh now). In Latvia it’s about 10 EUR saving per month.

      Of course I agree with you in mercury issues and of course the new bulbs are more expensive.

      The same time I now can get a 100W equivalent light where 40W or 60W was the limit before (e.g. due to plastic material etc.)

    • Papa Karlo says:

      In the United States mercury poisoning will be horrible, since there are at least 50 million people there who exist solely on social assistance, and they will not bother collecting the bulbs and bringing them to recycling centers, which are not on every corner, either, so they are dumping millions of these bulbs into garbage.
      The same no doubt will happen in Europe when it is populated by millions of “refugees” each year, they won’t bother with recycling or any stupid things like that.

  8. enternald says:

    As usually first are pensioners. They always make queues . I remember when it was free massage then queues was same or larger than in shop at soviet times (Yup soviet times were not perfect).

  9. Salocin.TEN says:

    There is already a mandate in my Government to phase out incandescent bulbs by 2012.

    These so called energy savers are more expensive. So hopefully their prices will drop or we’ll use bio lumninescence to light up.

  10. Incandescent light bulbs will soon be phased out because they waste a lot of energy..`-

  11. biggfredd says:

    Fluorescent bulbs have been around for decades, yet we still use incandescent. I tried some cfl, they lasted less than regular bulbs side by side in the same fixture, cost four times as much, and contain heavy metals that create a disposal problem.

    They’re pushing those for big profits, when it’s obvious that LEDs are far better.

  12. Ugly American says:

    Old bulb = 10% light 90% heat
    New bulb = 80% light 20% heat

    If you live in a place where the main part of your bill is air-conditioning then they help.

    If you live in a place where the main part of your bill is heating, then they don’t.

    Of course, you can also get CFLs in ‘natural sunlight’ color spectrum which helps health and mood during the winter when you don’t get enough real sunlight.

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