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Con: Incandescent bulbs are the way to go

Aug. 14, 2011 at 3:14 a.m.

Laurie Lee

Laurie Lee, of Gonzales, uses compact fluorescent lights in parts of her home, but she prefers incandescent lights, and uses those to do her reading.

"I like the way the light looks with the regular bulbs," Lee said. "I keep that kind by my bedside table."

Vee Strauss, the American Electric Power energy efficiency demand side management coordinator, acknowledged that the lights have been unpopular with some people because they feel lights aren't bright enough and dislike the color of the light.

Tracy Pilzner, of Victoria, doesn't use the compact fluorescent bulbs because she prefers the "warmer" light, she said. She also feels compact fluorescent light bulbs are unsafe.

The Environmental Protection Agency has provided steps people need to go through when disposing of broken compact fluorescent light bulbs because they contain mercury.

The EPA cautions people to have everyone leave the room and let it air out for 10 minutes, to turn off central air conditioning or heating and not to handle the broken bulbs directly, according to the instructions posted on the EPA's website.

Pilzner said the precautions in handling the light bulbs worried her.

"I like the old ones. I'm very against the new ones," Pilzner said. "They just don't sound safe. Besides, the old ones are so much cheaper."

Richard Fritz, of Victoria, prefers incandescent bulbs for a number of reasons. He doesn't like the light generated by the new bulbs, because it flickers and isn't bright enough.

He also shares Pilzner's concerns about the dangers posed to the environment by the new bulbs.

However, Fritz's main concern is he doesn't approve of these changes being put in place by government regulation. He doesn't like the government telling people what kind of light bulbs they can buy.

"It isn't the government's business to tell us what to do about things like this," Fritz said.

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