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Are CFL and LED lights safe for indoors (in flush mounts)?

I am getting conflicting opinions on when you can (and can’t use) CFL and LED lights indoors, especially with a flush mount light fixture. I am more confused now that ever. If someone can offer some insight, it would be great. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Feb 5, 2015 - 13 answers

Sports in the Maritimes

Who do the Canadian Maritimes root for in the major sports? [more inside]
posted by Crashback on Dec 16, 2014 - 14 answers

Radiation emission of compact fluorescent bulbs?

Concerned about radiation exposure from a cfl bulb used in bed headboard reading lamp? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano on Jul 8, 2013 - 10 answers

When should I buy LED light bulbs?

Dimmable LED light bulbs seem more economical than halogens. But they're really expensive. Will they quickly come down in price, so I should wait? Or will they come down slowly, so I might as well start saving? Also, how good is the dimming? I tried dimmable CFL's, but they don't seem to dim past 50%.
posted by musofire on May 9, 2013 - 13 answers

Broken CFL exposure

Toddler knocked over a lamp with one of those god forsaken CFLs in it. [more inside]
posted by johnstrick on Apr 13, 2013 - 29 answers

Where can I get CFLs that aren't orange or blue, but just white?

I'm apparently part of the minority that really dislikes warm colored light. I used daylight incandescent bulbs back in the day, and I'm looking for an equivalent CFL. All I've been able to find are either pink/orange (supplied by the apartment) or blue (the GE bulbs at the grocery store). Isn't there a good, just, white? Like the tubes in an office building?
posted by hishtafel on Feb 27, 2013 - 11 answers

Why do LED lightbulbs have a bulb?

While changing a bulb in one of our rooms, replacing a LED with a CFL because of a need for brighter lighting in this work area, it suddenly hit me: Why does an LED light have a bulb? In both incandescent and CFLs, the bulbs trap gas (or vacuum as the case may be.) But why an LED? It doesn't use a gas and it doesn't need to operate in a near-vacuum for efficiency. Closer examination showed that the bulb was plastic and had no lensing effect. This question is almost answered here. Because of the question regarding heat sinks (which seem much reduced in modern LED lights, I'm guessing the answer is because they get hot. So I'm guessing that's what it is, though I also think that having a bulb makes it easier to screw into the socket. Taking these points together, I can imagine getting a burn if there was not bulb by brushing up agains an LED stalk that was on until a few seconds ago when you decided to unscrew it. So...have I answered my own question or is there more behind the bulb?
posted by BillW on Jan 29, 2013 - 9 answers

MF-in' CFLs on a MF-in' Plane!

CFLs in checked luggage. OK or Not OK? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s on Nov 27, 2012 - 4 answers

Can I use a CFL or LED bulb in an outside flood light type fixture that is hooked up to an in-wall Intermatic timer?

Can I use a CFL or LED bulb in an outside flood light type fixture that is hooked up to an in-wall Intermatic timer? I was told no but I would like to confirm. If that is the case, I'd love a short explanation in plain English. I tried Googling but I'm still confused. [more inside]
posted by dottiechang on Nov 10, 2012 - 11 answers


So my cat just spectacularly broke a CFL lightbulb. I've read the other Asks on this topic, but I still have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by Coatlicue on Sep 28, 2012 - 17 answers

Brighten up my cans, please

How can I brighten up the recessed "can" lights in my kitchen? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Nov 13, 2011 - 13 answers

Got a bright idea?

Is there a better option than incandescent bulbs for my kitchen? More inside... [more inside]
posted by daver on Apr 24, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me find the right CFLs for my outdoor light?

Help me figure out if compact fluorescents are the right lights for my outdoor light fixture? Difficulty: the fixture is on an electric eye, the weather gets really cold in the winter, and the lights will be oriented vertically (with the sockets on the bottom). [more inside]
posted by fremen on Dec 17, 2010 - 17 answers

Broken CFL in 2-year-old's room

Okay, need some help regarding a broken CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) in my 2-year-old son's room. I've looked through a couple of similar questions here, but this situation is a little different so I'm hoping for more specific insight. I've also already seen a lot of varying information relating to proper clean-up procedures, potential long-term contamination and adverse health effects, etc. I really need to know what I should be concerned about with regard to my son's health. [more inside]
posted by S1C EM on Feb 11, 2010 - 24 answers

CFL bulbs and energy usage.

Has the relatively widespread uptake of CFL bulbs actually had any significant effect upon global energy useage?
posted by SueDenim on Jan 22, 2010 - 7 answers

Watt's up with this?

I bought a new lamp today and the sticker by the bulb receptacle says "40 Watts max", so I think fine... [more inside]
posted by dbmcd on Nov 17, 2009 - 9 answers

Flickering Lights

I had 4 compact fluorescent bulbs (candelabra base) in a ceiling fan that I recently installed and they would flicker terribly until I replaced one with an incandescent bulb and it stopped. The fan is not on a dimmer switch. Any ideas on what is causing this and does it need to be fixed? [more inside]
posted by tvgraphicsguy on Sep 20, 2009 - 11 answers

How to deal with chemical warfare in my apartment building?

Someone balanced a compact fluorescent lightbulb on my doorknob so that it would break inside my apartment when I opened the door. Can I do anything about this? Am I overreacting? [more inside]
posted by telegraph on Aug 25, 2009 - 30 answers

My air conditioner causes my room to have brown-outs. Can I fix this?

When my window-unit air conditioner revs its motor, my overhead light dims... then seriously brightens up when the AC slows down. It's annoying. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by SuperNova on Aug 19, 2009 - 13 answers

Why do "specialty"-shaped compact fluorescent bulbs take longer to come to full brightness than CFL bulbs in the more standard helical shape?

Why do "specialty"-shaped compact fluorescent bulbs take longer to come to full brightness than CFL bulbs in the more standard helical shape? [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup on Jan 27, 2009 - 7 answers

Best CFL bulbs???????

Which CFL bulbs are the longest lasting and cheapest to buy? I'm concerned about saving money on my electric bill but not worried about mercury content (if lights are broken). Are there any CFL bulb giveaways that are online?
posted by boby on Dec 20, 2008 - 12 answers

CFLs giving off sparks and smoke?

CFL bulbs -- cracking, smoking, sparking? [more inside]
posted by jfwlucy on Dec 8, 2008 - 4 answers

Canadian in Miami for Grey Cup and Thanksgiving

Can anyone suggest a bar around Miami that will show the Grey Cup this Sunday? And what are some ways to experience S. Florida Thanksgiving? [more inside]
posted by bookley on Nov 21, 2008 - 1 answer


Should we buy CFL or LED bulbs? [more inside]
posted by drstein on Oct 26, 2008 - 12 answers

CFL - Cold, fugly luminescence

Are there some specific CFL models that will light just like my old soft incandescent light bulbs? [more inside]
posted by metajc on Sep 12, 2008 - 13 answers

Can a one-way CFL bulb be used in a three-way socket?

Can I use a one-way CFL bulb in a three-way socket? [more inside]
posted by binary on Jun 8, 2008 - 6 answers

A dim question.

Let's say there are two identical light fixtures, on two identical dimmer switches. One fixture has two 15W dimmer-compatible compact fluorescent lights, the other has two standard 60W incandescent bulbs. The dimmer switches are turned just beyond the "off" position to the "dimmest" position (identical on both dimmers). What will the difference in power utilization be between the two fixtures?
posted by eschatfische on Feb 27, 2008 - 8 answers

Broken compact fluorescent bulb

I broke a compact fluorescent light bulb in my bedroom. Rudimentary cleanup, but I'm must go to bed, and my husband's already asleep in there. I saw the scary "leave the room for 15 minutes" mercury warnings on the government cleanup page. Anybody know the science? How bad is this? [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Feb 27, 2008 - 10 answers

I want to turn you on!

Why won't CFLs work in my fixture? [more inside]
posted by Shebear on Feb 1, 2008 - 9 answers

CFL or similar for recessed lighting?

What's the best CFL or similar for recessed lighting? A previous question didn't quite provide the direct recommendation I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by aladfar on Jan 5, 2008 - 5 answers

Sources for *small* dimmable Compact Fluorescents in Vancouver, BC?

I have been switching over to CFL bulbs, but have many lights on dimmers. Dimmable CFLs exist, and they exist in the sizes I need too, but I would like to find a supplier in Vancouver or at least within Canada, as paying customs charges on freaking light bulbs would be a real kick in the pants. [more inside]
posted by pascal on Feb 13, 2007 - 13 answers

Do Canadians care about the CFL?

Do Canadians care about the CFL?
posted by xmutex on Nov 28, 2005 - 49 answers

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