Saturday, July 5, 2008

Energy Saver Light Bulbs

A friend emailed me the link to the above video, which was ironic because, weeks previous to watching this video, I created an illustration that talked about the exact same thing and which showed the exact same steps described in the video. Below is my illustration.

I created the following in Adobe Illustrator. The bottom two images are scans of the final revision of my artwork published in the local newspaper. Click on each image to see a larger image.


thekingpin68 said...

Good graphics work, Jeff.

Saving energy is a very good idea, but it should be safe.


Jeff said...

Thanks, Russ.

I agree. And mercury spill from fluorescent bulbs is dangerous. I read where someone broke a CFL during installation in their daughter's bedroom (it dropped and shattered on the carpeted floor), so they called the local Home Depot for advice. Home Depot told them to call the Poison Control hotline, which in turn directed them to the Department of Environmental Protection. The DEP sent a specialist to their house to test for mercury contamination. The specialist found mercury levels in the bedroom in excess of six times the state's "safe" level for mercury contamination of 300 billionths of a gram per cubic meter. The DEP specialist recommended that they call an environmental cleanup firm, which reportedly gave them a "low-ball" estimate of $2,000 to clean up the room. The room then was sealed off with plastic. Reportedly, their insurance company wouldn't cover the cleanup costs because mercury is a pollutant.

Given that the replacement of incandescent bulbs with CFLs in the average U.S. household is touted as saving as much as $180 annually in energy costs - and assuming that that person doesn't break any more CFLs - it will take them more than 11 years to recoup the cleanup costs in the form of energy savings.

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thekingpin68 said...

Jeff, what a horrible story, but important.

I have a new article.