CFL originally uploaded by Paul Keller
Last week’s poll asked how often you saw movies in the theater. While The Wife goes with her mommy group more frequently than we ever did before, we rarely go together mostly due to the high cost of tickets and the need for a babysitter. Not surprisingly a lot of others noted that with technological advances in their own home and the homes of friends, in many cases, home theater viewing is just as good as in-theater viewing. However, most respondents did note that they see 1-4 movies a year in the theater and at least one said there is just no way to get that experience at home.
This week’s poll comes as I stare at yet another CFL in my house which has burned out. This one, replaced recently (last two months), burned out in a way only CFLs can do: half-exploding and showering the air with harmful gasses likely loaded with heavy metals. We have had another CFL do this before with me airing out the house for the next hour. I’m guessing if we called the EPA in every single time this happened, as the bulbs are mandated for use (although that’s been limited as of yesterday), perhaps they’d think twice about the “savings”.
Personally I buy the CFLs but much prefer the light emitted, cost, lack of dangerous substances in the old-style incandescent but based on how often they burn out, how much they cost in the first place when compared to the incandescent bulbs, and the fact that they require special disposal and may “explore” at will endangering my family with god knows what.
How about you? Do you prefer the CFLs to incandescent bulbs? Do you think it’s right for the government to mandate the use of one over the other? Have you noticed that they burn out more quickly than the marketers claim they should? Have you ever experienced one pop (‘explode’) when they burn out? Whatever you have to say about this one vote on the sidebar and then comment on below. After you do both of those things feel free to check out our expired polls in the archive or read through the previous posts about polls here.