Well look what we have here.
In addition to triggering seizures and migraines, in addition to requiring an entire page of EPA instructions on cleanup should you break one of these mercury-laden wonders, in addition to the lies about how long they last, in addition to the fact that they throw the most putrid of lighting, and in addition to the fact that they will be The Law in 2012 and we can’t recycle them, we now have another advantage to CFL light bulbs. Fire Hazard.
Here’s Deadender’s story. But first, let me tell you that I have seen photos of DE’s house and I have seen photos of how hard DE and his wife have worked, putting their own amazingly talented sweat-equity into this beautiful, and I do mean beautiful, new home — so you can imagine just how angry the DE family must be that one of these revolting little light bulb impersonators nearly set their roof aflame, compliments of Walmart.
……..And wasn’t Walmart recently giving away free CFLs to customers?
That’s right Walmart home of the Great Values brand of Chinese made rubber dog shit would have been responsible for burning the roof off my home. After buying a dilapidated apartment building in Hollywood 10 years ago, wait a minute…..after buying a crack house in Hollyweird no Whoreville no alright Hollywood FL, (right across the street from where the FBI and Mossad was watching Muhammad Atta for over a month before 911) we learned to be very aware of our surroundings, smells, sounds, and so on for possible signs of trouble. We are in the finishing stages of a way too long project of building our own home and everything is up to current code or better and has been inspected by the county. So yesterday morning when we smelled what seemed to be an electrical fire we started to do some fast investigating. We went to the breaker panel first then the outlets and switch locations in the dinning room where the smell was the strongest. I then went outside to check the crawlspace vents to see if something was on fire under the house, and nothing. So looking up I could see one of the CFL bulbs was no longer lit in a ceiling light and we could see a hint of smoke coming out of it. We flipped the light off and got our tall ladder out. Normally CFL’s are cool enough to unscrew even after they’ve been on for a while. Not this Chinese hunks of shit, it was hot as hell and was developing a zit in the transformer housing of the bulb. If it had been left unchecked there’s a pretty good chance it would have caught on fire. So a word to the wise IF YOU BOUGHT ANY GREAT VALUE CFL BULBS TAKE THEM BACK!
The scariest part about the CFL isn’t the mercury that will kill you but the hit and miss quality control even under major brands such as GE and Sylvania. We went CFL only on our new home trying to be energy conscious and green. In our studio we have 12 hi-hats with 13watt CFL’s in them. They work fine, we’ve only had one die in three years and all of them combined use less energy than 2 60 watt incandescents. But the 23 watt CFL’s suck shit. We had decent luck with Home Depots commercial electric brand, everyone else’s use at your own risk.
If you do use them in a hi-hat look out for this. If you see this happening get out the ladder and get that thing out as soon as you can, it’s a fire waiting to happen. I’m really starting to believe that the Chinese are doing this on purpose, what a better way to fight a war than to have you enemy buy the weapons of mass destruction from you, and use them on themselves. They have us coming and going and our government doesn’t seem to give a shit. They are forcing us down a path where these bulbs may be our only choice other than candles. That may be the beauty of Cap and Trade, who can afford to buy a bulb much less turn it on.
Our pal raging has posted this article here a few times from the NYT on the next generation of incandescent bulbs that may offer us safer better light bulbs that use much less energy that before. Something needs to happen before 2013 because you would need to take out a second mortgage to go LED and up your fire insurance and get a hazmat suit for everyone in your family to have CFL’s.
I’ll post some excerpts from my letter and phone conversations with the folks from Wally World. They sure have come a long way for the Buy American days of yesterday. They should use the slogan “death to america” instead.
After reading the comments so far I thought I should add these photos.
This is what one of the the CFL’s looks like after they glow orange for a while.
And this is what you are left to deal with when you decide to be Al Gore green. We’ve returned a lot of them and we still have these,. So it makes you wonder if you are saving any money at all by purchasing these toxic little pigs.
Uppity Note: Hey DE! Walmart sent you a little song you can sing while you insert more of those Walmart CFLs in your new home, you patriot, you. Sleep well!:
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