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Poll: How do you feel about fluorescent lighting?

I love it! it saves electricity. 12 (17%)
I'm fine with it. 23 (33%)
I'd prefer something else. 18 (26%)
I hate it! 16 (23%)
   Discussion: How do you feel about fluorescent lighting?
lawrence · 15 years, 11 months ago
it's so hard on the eyes. the best kind of artificial lighting is full spectrum lighting. it doesn't distort colours or cause a nasty blinding glare or anything. I suppose it's a type of fluorescent, but not really what most people think of when they think of fluorescent lights.

it's more expensive, but totally worth it.
Talcott · 15 years, 11 months ago
The buzz gets to me a lot of the time.

Given a choice, I'd just open windows and leave most lights off.
Not that that's always an option, but it's more of one than most people seem to think. I never understood why my school didn't just leave most lights off durring the day. We had enough windows.
Nik Chaikin Back · 15 years, 11 months ago
They hum like angels.
Bruce Rose Back · 15 years, 11 months ago
Your school had windows?  What an interesting idea.
Real-Accordion! Back · 15 years, 11 months ago
My english classes never have the lights on. Last year the teacher used mirrors to direct sunlight at a discoball.
iPauley · 15 years, 11 months ago
...though prolonged exposure to lots of them tends to give me headaches.

-- Pauley
Bender Back · 15 years, 11 months ago
yeah. I get migraines from them.
nate... · 15 years, 11 months ago
None of them really BOTHER me... but... I do prefer the compacts for home use over the industrial tubes.

All the lights in my apartment are the compact flourescents... and they're very pleasant.... not flickery and cold like the old-style.

Kat Kunz · 15 years, 11 months ago
they don't do justice to sparkly things. also, they make my hair look dull. so, for purely aesthetic reasons--no, thanks.
Gordondon son of Ethelred · 15 years, 11 months ago
I use the compact fluorescents in all the fixtures I use the most to save energy. I might be my imagination but I find the light pleasanter than a long fluorescent bulb's.
Phoenix Back · 15 years, 11 months ago
So do I.

I exclusively use the warm fluorescent type and the energy=money savings are substantial. Particularly with German prices for electricity :)
nate... Back · 15 years, 11 months ago
Oh yeah, definitely.
I think it's on par with incandescent.... and the newer compacts don't have that annoyingly long "warm up" time that the early ones had.

stealthlori Back · 15 years, 11 months ago

i think most of the compact fluorescents are a little more balanced in lighting quality than regular incandescents -- they're not nearly as yellow in light tone.  not quite as good as full-spectrum incandescents, but quite acceptable. 

the "fluorescent full-spectrum" bulbs i tried, on the other hand, were hideous, dreary, dingy blue -- we had intended to use them for outdoor lighting, but i banished them quickly because they made the house look spooky and uninviting.  maybe good for repelling robbers, but not the light you want to turn on out front when you're trying to welcome friends. 

A.J. · 15 years, 11 months ago
I use compact florescents in nearly all the fixtues that don't have dimmers on them. In my office I have a daylight balanced one that is sooooo BLUUUUUUUUUE. It looks weird at first but it is easier to see with, and supposedly helps improve mood.
derek harrison · 15 years, 11 months ago
and pure white light is perfect for me if i can't get sunlight
stealthlori · 15 years, 11 months ago
i think fluorescent lighting has its place, in areas that get infrequent use but need bright lighting when they're occupied. my basement (strictly laundry and utility space) for example. it doesn't bother me there, because i don't live down there.

we have a few compact fluorescent bulbs installed around the house, mostly in lamps that are on timers, but mostly we use incandescent natural-spectrum lighting -- or no artificial lighting and wide-open window shades on bright days. it keeps me happy in the winter, and that's of the good.

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