From the N.Y. Times, Walmart is trying to get compact fluorescent lamps into least 100 million homes. These bulbs use 75 percent less electricity, last 10 times longer, produce 450 pounds fewer greenhouse gases from power plants and save consumers $30 over the life of each bulb. On the down side, they are eight times as expensive as a normal bulb, give off a harsher light, have a peculiar appearance, and contain mercury, so become a source of pollution when thrown away. They would also rock the lighting industry, as each bulb lasts as long as eight years. Folks would almost certainly lose their jobs.
I am almost totally unfamiliar with these products. The wife tells me Home Hardware has been doing a giveaway for the past couple of years where they hand out two of these bulbs and take back the expired ones for recycling. Apparently, people fight over them.
Anyone have any experience with the things?