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Dec. 30, 13: A bit of bird talk followed by a bit of info on this week's ban of common incandescent light bulbs ...

Monday, December 30, 2013: Still flocks of folks working the south end for a gander at an owl – or five or ten. However, the wilderness area was not hopping with owls today.

I did my obligatory, on-vacation cruise-about and saw a couple owls and a falcon. It was kinda drab – overcast and uneventful. Leaving, I had to assist a struggler -- who made the easy walk down, followed by the pooped realization that it’s almost three times further walking back. It’s some sort of weird, cosmic math involved.

Buggy warning: Avoid using the 15th Street buggy entrance at 15th Street, North Beach Haven. That’s the Deerskin Leather Etc. store street. There’s a nasty drop-off right at the entry point. It might be passable but it’s not worth the roll risk. And it’s a long way down right about there.

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Banned 

BULB BAN: It was a 2007 piece of federal legislation, proudly signed into law by George W. Bush, which, firstly, led to the banning of our nation making or importing 100-watt and 75-watt incandescent light bulbs and, as of this coming week, the making or importing of 60-watt and 40-watt incandescent bulbs.

Although there won’t be a federal incandescent “bulb squad” loosed by DC to track down violators, no savvy business is going to get stuck holding onto tons of the banned bulbs.  

This week’s end to everyday incandescents is leading to panic buying at places like dollar stores and other last-resort outlets. I managed a few packs of 60w bulbs at Wal-Mart but they were the last packs on the shelves.

The existing stocks of gold-old pear-shaped bulbs might remain available for a year; six months if the run on them continues unabated.

By the by, the ban on incandescents does not include three-way bulbs, special 150-watt bulbs and chandelier-type bulbs, though the days may be numbered for those bulbs.

 Halogen ...

There are three bulbous options when everyday incandescent bulbs are used up.  They are halogen bulbs (closest to the old incads), LED bulbs (amazing energy savers, though way expensive) and, the most controversial of all, the compact fluorescent light bulbs, a.k.a. CFLs. The CFLs are seemingly the go-to choice of the government but are, in the minds of many, a ticking time bomb due to a small amount of mercury in every bulb. Which is why I called all y’all in here.

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I want you to check out what is recommended – verbatim, by the EPA -- if you break a CFL bulb. Remember, these are the bulbs that will now most likely fill the vacuum created by banned incandescents.

Before Cleanup

  • Have people and pets leave the room.
  • Air out the room for 5-10 minutes by opening a window or door to the outdoor environment. 
  • Shut off the central forced air heating/air-conditioning system, if you have one.
  • Collect materials needed to clean up broken bulb:
  • stiff paper or cardboard;
  • sticky tape;
  • damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes (for hard surfaces); and
  • a glass jar with a metal lid or a sealable plastic bag.


During Cleanup

  • DO NOT VACUUM.  Vacuuming is not recommended unless broken glass remains after all other cleanup steps have been taken.  Vacuuming could spread mercury-containing powder or mercury vapor.
  • Be thorough in collecting broken glass and visible powder.  Scoop up glass fragments and powder using stiff paper or cardboard.  Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and powder. Place the used tape in the glass jar or plastic bag.  See the detailed cleanup instructions for more information, and for differences in cleaning up hard surfaces versus carpeting or rugs.
  • Place cleanup materials in a sealable container.


After Cleanup

  • Promptly place all bulb debris and cleanup materials, including vacuum cleaner bags, outdoors in a trash container or protected area until materials can be disposed of.  Avoid leaving any bulb fragments or cleanup materials indoors. 
  • Next, check with your local government about disposal requirements in your area, because some localities require fluorescent bulbs (broken or unbroken) be taken to a local recycling center. If there is no such requirement in your area, you can dispose of the materials with your household trash.
  • If practical, continue to air out the room where the bulb was broken and leave the heating/air conditioning system shut off for several hours.

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Comment by Dave Nederostek on December 30, 2013 at 9:45pm

What a joke. I'll be buying incandescents at thrifts.

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