Incandescent Light Bulb Ban...

Intheswamp

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Mar 25, 2009
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I got to thinking about the upcoming ban on incandescent light bulbs and a little light went on in my head (man, was that a weak pun or what?
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What about the home-built incubators that use light bulbs for the heating element?

Folks gonna hoard the bulbs in a varied range of wattages?

Will other sources of heat start to be used?

Search the junkyards and go the 12v route?

As I said, it was just a thought that came up and it may have already been hashed out here. I figure there will be "designer" bulbs still out there (maybe) that we can substitute for the old $1-for-4 incandescents.

It's a wonderful idea to save all of that energy but what about all the mercury that will undoubtedly be buried in the landfills?
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And it's actually suggested that if a CFL is broken and the debris falls into a carpeted area that it's best to tear out the carpet, especially if there is young children that will frequent the area.
Energy conservation vs. possible poisoning....Catch-22.
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It's not the end of the world, but...interesting.

Here's an article about the ban in case anyone is interested in reading it... Congress bans incandescent bulbs

Best wishes,
Ed
 

Dipsy Doodle Doo

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I got to thinking about the upcoming ban on incandescent light bulbs and a little light went on in my head (man, was that a weak pun or what?
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What about the home-built incubators that use light bulbs for the heating element?

Hi Ed! I don't use them for heating an incubator, but as a heat source my brooders (70w).
If they are banned, I'll have to come up with something else (should I start stockpiling 70w bulbs?).
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Lisa​
 

allison finch

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Jun 12, 2009
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Compact fluorescent bulbs have mercury in them. The label says to dispose as hazardous material.

How green are they??? Even safely disposed of, the mercury is still in the system.

Power saving vs ecological poisoning? What a choice!!
 

McSpin

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Jun 1, 2007
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Personally, I believe very little of the hype around compact fluorescents. I've never had one last anywhere near the length of time it's supposed to. They also not as bright as they claim. The color spectrum is almost intolerable, and they use more resources to manufacture. With that track record, I doubt they save as much energy as they claim. Even so, it's environmental nonsense to force us to use them. Energy is everywhere and is very abundant. Forcing us to so-call "conserve", is ridiculous. The Government nazis will use any excuse to control and tax us.
 
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happyhensny

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Our whole house has CFL's EXCEPT for the MEGA big, energy sucking 250W red heater bulb in our brooder. I have actually had the bulb since 2008 and never used it. We always had only 6 -12 chicks at a time in a big plastic dog crate but this year ended up with 32 chicks in a big wooden crate. In order to get the correct temp I had to go with the "big one" Only temporary, but what are our other options?
 

aprophet

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Jan 12, 2010
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the coffee makers the heating element part is 75 watt on the few I have found at thrift stores to use in the home made bators of mine I am working on a slightly lager one 80- 100 egger
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19hhbelgian

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As far as I know, at least here in PA, they aren't banning normal light bulbs. There IS a new electrical code in place that states we must use compact flourescent bulbs in all new construction going forward. It's more expensive, and they simply do not give off the light of a regular bulb. "They" just keep making things more expensive in order to go green... Only thing green about throwing a CFl in a dump is all the $ going into someone elses pockets. Anyway, off the soapbox now, I think you will still be able to get incandescent bulbs
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WalkingWolf

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I guess I have been in the dark, I was unaware of any ban on incandescent bulbs. I do know that CFLs are not all there cracked up to be, they don't last, the light is not bright enough, plus the mercury. There is a big push though for led lighting but that is extremely expensive at this point. But if they do ban them I will have to keep more silkies on hand instead of using brooder lights and incubators. They are more trouble free and reliable anyway.
 
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