Free Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs on Earth Day

Home Depot is giving away 1,000,000 n:vision ™ Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs on Earth Day (April 22, 2007), to the customers who visit any US Home Depot Store in the 48 contiguous states.

Have you switched to CFL’s yet? They save $190 to me every year and will generate over $1000 in savings before I have to replace them. This was really a no-brainier upgrade and one of the first things I did when we moved to our new house.

The offer is valid while supplies last. Click on the image below for more information.

Home Depot Earth Day

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2 Responses to “Free Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs on Earth Day”

  1. 1 XynamaX Apr 18th, 2007 at 8:46 am

    While CFL’s are “good” for saving energy, the have some pretty annoying downfalls:

    They can cause infrared interference (IR) for some devices including televisions, stereos, and just about anything that uses a remote control. If you are using any IR repeaters/receivers, they must be CFL friendly ($$$).

    They have a slow “warm-up” time. When you turn on your room on a bulb that’s been off, it might take a minute to reach full brightness.

    Not all of them are dimmable, if you use a non-dimmable CFL on a dimmer, it will most likely fry the CFL bulb or the dimmer, or even worse.

    The dimmable ones are a bit more expensive, and as you lower the brightness, the bulb begins to flicker more making your room a dance hall (strobe lights!@#)

  2. 2 Yan Apr 18th, 2007 at 9:49 am

    That’s right. CFL’s have a lot of drawbacks. These would probably make a blog post on its own. Will just note one, in addition to what you pointed out. CFL’s perform terribly at low temperatures. I made a mistake when I used a CFL in our unheated garage. It was taking a few minutes for the light to come to normal brightness in cold weather. :-(

    Nevertheless they work fine in many cases and they do save electricity. Just need to know where to use them and where not.

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