Compact Fluorescent Bulbs Are The New Hotel Robe

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While hotels are used to catering to the shady sides of society—there's good reason that rooms are void of blacklight fixtures and stocked to the gills with plenty of cheap towels—they are not used to appeasing eco-conscious thieves. According to Montana's page on energy efficient CFLs, "building owners, hotel operators and office managers complain about people stealing the CFL bulbs right out of the fixtures."

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So what can be done about the problem?

According to Montana: "There is no easy way around this, and it is a real issue. Hey, these bulbs are popular!"

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If only the allure of low energy illumination devices weren't so close to the cockles of Man's heart, maybe we could hope to find a moment of order in this crazy world we live in. [Montana via ecogeek]

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@JAV: The CF bulbs contain mercury and legally have to be treated like a low level hazmat when they break

Actually, the amount of mercury in a CF bulb is about half the mercury spewed into the environment from the use of incandescent's instead. What's more, the mercury in a CF is recyclable, unlike the mercury being polluted by using incandescents. Oh, and there are countless other pollutants happening by using that extra electricity, not to mention the energy waste.

Yes, if we could all switch to LED bulbs, that would be great. I run four LED bulbs in our house today. However, their light output is extremely small, and they are extremely expensive. If the government wants to outlaw all bulbs but LED, I would vote in favor (primarily because it will bring the price down dramatically), but the protests would be amazing. Until the price drops to about one tenth what they are currently, there is only one option.

Until then, please keep in mind that the amount of mercury in a CF bulb is extremely small (and one bulb breaking is not going to harm anyone - I would just recommend allowing the room to air out a few minutes before clean-up), and ultimately is vastly better to the environment than incandescents.