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SGLEDS Unboxing + Battle Of The Light Bulbs

Oh the battle of the bulbs
I wrote about lighting concerns more than a decade ago
Which light bulbs are environmentally friendly and safe?

Those nasty old-fashioned incandescent bulbs burn too much energy.
Then came the CFL's ended up being not what they were lit up to be.
Now LED's to the rescue but are they all the same?

So let's start with the good-old incandescent energy-sucking bulb

Is it really that bad?

I never thought much of how a light bulb worked or why they burned energy until I got my flock of chickens. Anyone who owns animals that are in need of a heated pen will know that incandescent light bulbs are a great source of heat for animals. It is actually amazing how much heat is generated by a single 100-watt incandescent bulb.

The heat from incandescent bulbs is what burns the energy. Almost all of the energy consumed by any light bulb is dispersed as either light or heat. Actually, those of us in cold climates we can benefit from the heat produced by incandescent bulbs. Using other lighting could actually increase the cost of heating your home in winter.

As for other green aspects, 

One Incandescent bulb contains: Non-toxic glass, non-toxic argon gas, Tungsten filament (recyclable), fine metal filament (recyclable), aluminum screw base (recyclable), ), solder (recyclable). For a total of 7 recyclable materials and zero non-recyclable materials.

So while they do burn more energy, these are still the a great option in cold climates.

Okay so those curly CFLs they were touted as environmentally friendly and energy saving, but are they really green or safe?

While CFL's may save some energy in your home, studies have shown that CFL's require 5.7 times more energy to manufacture than the incandescent bulbs. 

One CFL bulb contains: Glass with a toxic phosphor coating, gas containing toxic mercury vapor, non-recyclable plastic housing, an aluminum screw base (recyclable), solder (recyclable), ferirte coils, capacitors, carbon resistors, epoxy coated circuit rectifier, transistors, non-recyclable epoxy coated components (circuit board, epoxy/paper composites), Copper (recyclable). 
For a total of 10 non-recyclable materials and 3 recyclable materials. 

The most worrisome is that you need to be very careful not to break them! 
If you do, don't simply treat them like a standard light bulb.
Manufacturers and the EPA say broken CFLs should be handled carefully and recycled to limit dangerous vapors and the spread of mercury dust. 
The EPA offers a detailed procedure you should follow: 
Leave your home. 
Air out the room for a quarter of an hour. 
Wear gloves. 
Double-bag the refuse. 
Use duct tape to lift the residue from a carpet. 
Don't use a vacuum cleaner, as that will only spread the problem. T
he next time you vacuum the area, immediately dispose of the vacuum bag. 

LED's or (light emitting diodes) to the rescue!

When they first arrived on the market they were quite expensive but have become much more affordable over the years, but with popularity, they too have come under some scrutiny. 
LEDs use significantly less energy than even CFLs, and do not contain mercury however a study published in late 2010 in the journal Environmental Science and Technology found that some LEDs contain lead, arsenic and a dozen other potentially dangerous substances (SOURCE).

Even so, LEDs are currently not considered toxic like CFLs and can be disposed of in regular landfills or recycled. There are also concerns about the "blue light" in LED lights and how it can damage the eye's retina and disturb natural sleep patterns. 

You can however find LEDs that are free of toxic chemicals contain No UV or IR Radiation and offer full spectrum light.

No matter what you choose, everything has it's good points and bad, even the best natural candles can lead to poor indoor air quality. So unless you want to be left in the dark we need to choose the best lighting solution for our homes and our heath.

I have ditched all my CFL's many years ago and will continue to use Incandescent as long as they are available and will use good quality LEDs like the ones from SGLEDS that I will be unboxing today.

The SGLEDS have an Eco-friendly, Rugged hollow housing design and patented ceramic heat dissipation technology, they have No breakable parts and free of toxic chemicals, No UV or IR Radiation. The daylight white emits 1600 lumens brightness with CRI 80, which gives off a comfortable brightness, no flickering and no buzzing like cheaper brands. bulbs are suitable for both indoor and outdoor enclosed fixtures and are guaranteed for 5 years.

SGLEDS A19 bulbs with Latest LED Technology can be used in totally enclosed fixtures. The chips have the ability to continue working in enclosed fixtures even up to 150°C. As the temperature surrounding the bulb increases to a certain level, SGLED’s LED chips will gradually reduce the power and amount of lumens the bulb it outputting.

SGLEDS Enclosed Fixture Rated Bulbs, 12W (150W Equivalent LED Bulb), 
5000K LED Bulbs, 1600lm Light Bulbs, A19, 4Pack

The rugged hollow housing design and patented ceramic heat dissipation technology (CHDT), this LED bulb ensures excellent heat dissipation and has a longer lifetime up to 25,000 hours. No breakable parts and free of toxic chemicals, No UV or IR Radiation.

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