Build a home, work on it day and night, stick a Walmart CFL in it and burn it down

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?

CFL1That’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!

CFL2The 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.

 

CFL3If 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.

Burned Base

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.

Pile of CFL's

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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21 Responses

  1. and hey – don’t worry about that smell and melted plastic. This Gree Blog says that’s just swell!

    http://www.therenewableplanet.com/blogs/the_daily_green/archive/2007/03/23/CFL-Safety-Concerns-No-Fire-Risk-Here.aspx

  2. FF, I loved one of the commenters on that cheery little “don’t worry” article:

    we just had one go bad in my home today. our light fixture is covered with black goop, the house still smells, and there are smoke marks on the ceiling.

    if you consider this an acceptable way for a light bulb to burn out, then i’ve got a bridge to sell you.

  3. WMCB, so can we assume that the person didn’t evacuate the premises and remove all pets, turn off the air conditioner and use special cleanup instructions with mask?

    Well hey, what’s a shortened life when you’ve reduced enough CO2 to……..um……….to…….um……….to affect nothing.–except maybe kill one head of lettuce that in return was going to give you some oxygen. Eh! Oxygen! Who needs it!

  4. Actually Uppity, that head of lettuce, if not sold and eaten locally, could have a huge carbon footprint dontcha know!

  5. And now for another idea for deception life from GE

  6. i plan on having enough of the good bulbs to last my lifetime.
    stocking up.

  7. The man is simply pathological. Here is another stick in the eye of all those young and stupid Obots that voted for his bullsh**.

    Hillary was right in the debates, that there are MANY groups who do lobbying – such as nurses – and to shut them all out would be foolish. Oilsoc was pretentious and snarky to her – then, the Lying Sack of Crap immediately HIRED lobbiests. Now, this:

    http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/white-house-eases-stimulus-lobbyist-restrictions-2009-07-25.html

    so, how IS that Hope and Change working out for all you asshats that gave us a Pretendident who seems to be a bigger liar than most?

  8. Scary!!!! I’m wanting LED lighting but its too expensive for anything practical. I have led lights for power outages. They are great for seeing your way around but not much for everyday lighting or reading. I hate the fact that CFLs are hazardous so you can’t just throw them out (when they die 6 years early). And now this!!!

  9. Happy Days are over as Liberalism Jumps the Shark:
    http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/lscott/2009/07/24/has-liberalism-jumped-the-shark/

  10. cats, re: Rasmussen poll. They don’t give a shit what the public thinks. If they did, all that “stimulus” money wouldn’t have been stolen by Goldman Sachs via it’s pimps.

  11. Oooh Uppity,

    Probably you but most people don’t realize the
    huge wastrel called Goldman Sachs:

    Well, they have a board of directors of 13 people,
    which is more than GM, GE,Microsoft, etc….
    BUT, each of these on the board have dual roles
    as (I assume dual pay, too) “managing directors,”
    of which there are (sitting down?) 264!!!!!!!

    Holy shitsky! WTF? Do they NEED anywhere near
    half on them? Is there a bit of fraud involved?
    Should they be investigated? They fairly brag
    about this monstrosity on their website.

    Awwww…Don’t mind me. Just a peon.

  12. Pfffffffffft! You think people are rally going to save up those bulbs and take them to be recycled like good little comrades? When they didn’t want to buy the damn things in the first place, but the govt MADE them?

    I know human nature. Legal or not, they are going to bust that puppy and cram it down inside a bag with kitty litter and old chicken parts. If you put it in with the stinky stuff, the trash guys ain’t gonna look close enough to see you’ve got contraband in the trash.

    People that buy the bulbs voluntarily might recycle them properly, but people who get MADE to do shit against their will have a way of going passive aggressive on your ass.

  13. You got a point there W, but you can bet they will hire trash inspectors, probably ACORN will get a huge grant for that. So they will have to make sure their name isn’t on an envelope at the bottom of that garbage bag, lest there be an Alice’s Restaurant Massacreeeeee.

  14. Ever go to one of those brain fart “recycling” centers? Kiss your entire Saturday morning good bye sitting there in line, wasting gasoline because you are sweating in your car and have to run the air conditioner, while you wait for one of those morons to “decide” whether they will take what you have in tow. And if you have too much in tow, they charge you by the pound. Cities everywhere are beginning to look like trash bins as people find creative ways to ditch things they no longer want by throwing them on other properties.

  15. We actually have really good recycling here in San Antonio – HUGE (I mean gigantic) blue bin for every house, with weekly pickup.

    But where I used to live you had to drive forever to get to a recycler. Sort of defeats the purpose.

  16. “Brain Fart” is only a bright idea if you light it on fire.

  17. Going Green and Healthcare Reform is a crock of happy horseshit.

    If it hisses like a snake, and it slithers like a snake, yup. It’s soetero.

    DE and Angi, what we do without yas???

    Next! The Food Czar. M o n s a n t o. Hmmmmm. There’s that Internet/hate crimes commie guy to keep the other eye on, too.

  18. Sorry for the scare DE. Somehow, this is not what Thomas Edison envisioned his idea would become.

  19. […] 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. — Build a home, work on it day and night, stick a Walmart CFL in it and burn it down […]

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