CFLs light up the green life 2007.12.19

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Some people love ‘em. Others hate ‘em. Either way, you’re likely to see a whole more of the twisty CFL light bulbs.

The compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) is making its way into more and more light sockets around the world as many citizens are ready to make the switch in an effort to cut energy use.

CFLs are expected to last much longer and use less than a third the energy of the traditional incandescent bulb.cfl_bulb.jpg

CFLs are also much costlier for the initial cash outlay, and that seems to be a problem for many buyers.

Dale Pfund, owner of D&R Hardware in Fayette, thinks that’s the reason sales haven’t blossomed at his store.

Take the CFL floodlights, for instance. The traditional bulb sells for $4.99 and typically lasts about six months before burning out. The CFL version sells for $14.99 and is expected to last for four years.

The savings is obvious, but so is the price tag.

“How do I convince the consumer of savings?” he says. “Will people spend the extra money to save? That price is the sticking point.”

He’s ordered a new CFL display unit from GE that will arrive in January and he’s hoping that will make a difference in sales.

Yellow porch lights, industrial lights for the barn, three-way lamps—the CFL options continue to grow.

Gail Johnson at Johnson Hardware in Morenci reports better success in moving CFLs out the door.

“About a year ago we started replacing regular bulbs on the shelf with the new ones and they’re a hot item,” she said. “People are really starting to buy them.”

She has plenty of satisfied customers, although she’s heard of problems with CFLs not fitting due to light fixtures that are too small to handle the new bulbs. This has particularly been a problem with three-way bulbs.

Johnson, herself, hasn’t quite adjusted to the light from a CFL at home, and some buyers think the light isn’t bright enough. Larry Fox isn’t among that crowd.

“I put them in every place that they’ll fit,” he said. “I think they give off just as much light and I think the light is softer on the eyes. I’m sold on them. I think they’re great and my likes them, too.”

Some studies have detected a male/female divide in CFL acceptance, with females reporting more dissatisfaction with the new lights. Nancy Simpkins takes exception to that.

“They’re brighter than they were at first and I love them,” she said. “A year ago I started putting them throughout the house and I haven’t had to replace one yet.”

She appreciates the opportunity to participate in a “greener” lifestyle.

“Anything we can do that’s that simple, I think everyone should do.”

Pfund was told at a trade show that CFLs are the coming thing and that incandescent bulbs won’t even be available in a few years.

That’s soon to be the case in Australia where incandescents will be phased out by 2010.

Earlier this month, Ireland topped that by announcing the end of incandescent sales in that country by the end of 2008.

The energy environment minister was quoted as saying, “These bulbs use technology invented during the age of the steam engine.”

Nancy Simpkins would agree. For anyone grumbling about the new CFLs, she says to consider this: “They’re much better than lantern light.”

  • Front.train
    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
  • Front.sculpta
    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
  • Funcolor
    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
  • Shadow.salon
    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
  • KayseInField
    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
  • Front.winner
    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
  • Front.bank.2
    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
  • Front.make.three
    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2016