I love a good horse race and I'll admit that the challenge thrown down by Wal-Mart to get consumers to switch lightbulbs is going to be a beauty. Wal-Mart has committed to a leading role in reducing energy consumption by vowing to sell 100 million compact fluorescent bulbs in the upcoming year. Wow! A retailing giant deciding to embrace the concept of energy conservation by dedicating shelf space, prime retail real estate, and PR to the notion that consumers and retailers together can make a difference. By switching to compact fluorescents, homeowners will use 75 percent less electricity, reduce greenhouse gases from manufacturing plants, and save $30 over the life of each bulb, according to a New York Times report. Why wouldn't we follow the lead? Apparently consumers don't like venturing into the unknown, the goofy shape of the bulb, or the harsh light the bulbs may throw. Hmmm... I wonder if Edison heard some of these complaints when he first presented the incandescent lightbulb? I say go Wal-Mart—even if Home Depot and Lowes aren't ready to follow. My one piece of advice? Yes, set up in-store disposal bins for the bulbs where everyone can see so that we don't put more mercury in our landfills. Then let's all cheer for a country-wide effort to raise environmental consciousness and save energy by joining the EPA's "Change a Light. Change the World" campaign—one bulb at a time.
My wife bought 36 of these bulbs at SAMS CLUB, we have used the them all in the last 4 months,... Our home is 780 sq. ft. I changed one myself two weeks ago and it is burned out already,... meanwhile the light coming from these bulbs will blind you from the lack of candle power,... or it seems so anyway Its not good light to see by is what I am saying.
I estimate for my own business and travel frequently,... I don't believe anyone will go out of their way enough to bring their bulbs to the store to throw away,... no more than cell phones or batteries.
While its a great idea and I wish it were a perfect world,... the bulbs don't emit enough for MY (20/30) eyesight,... and I believe someone will make a lot of money off of the poor, middle and green/energy concious people trying to do the right thing,.. oh well
It takes a little while for the bulbs to "warm up" I guess. I use them on any light I am going to leave on for awhile. Especially things like porch lights or that light you leave on when you go on vacation. In the bathroom I still use incandescents as i want the light to be at full intensity instantly.