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I was at Home Depot today and found Philips brand light bulbs in 100% cardboard packaging! They're the twisty CFLs, which I've never seen without the obnoxious molded plastic package before. Each 4-pack was only 99 cents more than the other brand, so I didn't even have to weigh my conscience against my budget.
Home depot and Lowes both carry LED bulbs which do not contain mercury in them. They cost a more than CFLs though. I am trying to avoid plastic as much as possible, but what kind of a work environment do those employees have working with mercury? I am not sure which is worse.
I remember how the early CFLs had poor light quality and burned out much faster than advertised. I stuck a bunch of them in my closets when I realized too late that they didn't fit my light fixtures. Having been through the light bulb revolution once, I'm waiting to see how other people like their LED bulbs.
The blue LED Christmas lights that I have are unbelievably bright. I would only use these outside. My LED bulb that I have in my bedroom overhead light is wonderful. I managed to buy it during a sale at Lowe's for less than $10.
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