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Old 19.01.2012, 20:39
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Re: disposal of fused bulbs

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But do they actually stop working? At over CHF10.- each compared to CHF0.50 for a standard bulb they should last forever.

Has anyone actually had a energy-saving bulb fail??
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I thought they were supposed to last 10x longer than incandescent bulbs. So that would mean we changed 100 regular bulbs a year before CFLs? Even at 5x longer that is more bulbs than I've ever had to change in a year.
I have seen many energy saving bulbs that kicked the bucket at a fraction of time of a traditional bulb.

In the hallway of my practice, there are several units with three sockets each. They all are on about 9 hours every work day. In some of the sockets, there still are bulbs from the 'seventies, whereas in other sockets, in the same fixtures, mind you, there is the sixth or seventh generation of CFL bulbs.

There is a lot of hype in the CFL topic, and a lot of money to be made by lying a little bit to the public (and to the politicians).
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Re: disposal of fused bulbs

Our Gemeinde specifies the following. My German is ropey, but I think this means, normal bulbs in the normal rubbish and fluorescent / energy saving ones back to the shop. Feel free to correct if I've got this wrong.
Leuchtstoffröhren, Energiesparlampen

Leuchtstofflampen können unabhängig von einem Neukauf bei den entsprechenden Verkaufsstellen kostenlos zurückgegeben werden. Bitte immer unzerbrochen zurückbringen, da sonst giftige Gase austreten.
Wichtig Herkömmliche Glühlampen gehören in den Kehricht.
Um das Austreten von Schadstoffen zu verhindern, dürfen die Röhren und Lampen nicht beschädigt werden.
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