I have gone ix-nay on CFL’s for a reason that I rarely see discussed (much).
I’ve never paid much attention to the light quality. I like that they are a little brighter than the corresponding incandescent for about 1/4 the energy. My eyes get tired very quickly when I am reading, but I have not paid attention to whether this happens with IC and CFL alike. (Now that OP mentions it, I WILL pay some attention to that.)
(1) Yes, I’m concerned about the mercury, should one break.
(2) The biggie for me: DISPOSING of the damn things! Hey, like, I want to do this environmentally right and save the world and all, but… but… but…
[sorry anecdote about that]So I had this CFL that burned out. Of course, I wanted to dump it properly. Not in the regular trash. Not even in the recyclable trash (can’t put hazmat there). Gotta take it to a proper hazmat disposal place. So I let my fingers do some walking, and made some phone calls…
Turns out: There’s only ONE place in town to dump household hazmat, or CFL’s anyway. We’re talking about a moderately big town too. Fresno (pop. about 1M including nearby communities, as of a few years ago). They are only open to the public TWO weekends per year, and I just missed one of them. AND I have to make a reservation in advance, and the next opportunity won’t be for about 6 months. Just to dump one damn CFL??? :dubious:
So screw that, I decided. I could have just let it lay around for 6 months, but I just didn’t want to do with that and have to deal with it all over again in 6 months.
So I put it in the trunk of may car, so I could dispose of it whenever and wherever a chance arose.
Suffice it to say that I eventually disposed of dead CFL else-where, else-when, and else-how.
[/sorry anecdote about that]
So that’s why I quit using CFL’s (except for one more that I already had, that I’m using now).
Now I am waiting for LED’s to get more popular (translation: cheaper). In the meantime, I am sticking with edison classic lighting.
Here in CA, vanguard of everything vanguard, they have mandated non-edison bulbs a year ahead of everywhere else. Needless to say, there has been a run on the market for IC bulbs while we can still get them. They are flying off the shelves. I have done my part: I bought a stack of IC’s which I estimate will last until I can start playing around with LED’s.
Looks like CFL’s were a bright (ahem) idea that just didn’t pan out.
Moral of the story: Memo to government: If you’re going to mandate CFL’s (even if only until something better comes along), you f’ing well also gotta mandate that there WILL be some passably feasible way to get rid of them too!