The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

24 February 2007

A twisty maze of statistics

According to, residents of Oklahoma City have purchased and presumably installed 122,731 compact-fluorescent light bulbs since the first of the year, which is calculated to be the equivalent of 948 cars off the road and upward of 59 million pounds of carbon dioxide that won't be going into the atmosphere.

Among the states for which they have some sort of data, which means everyone except Alaska and Hawaii, Oklahoma ranks fifth highest for CFL use, with 328,157 bulbs in place this year. The top four are Arkansas, Wyoming, Kansas and Missouri. I suspect that the motivation in these areas is more the potential energy savings than any ostensible greenhouse effect, but actions have always spoken louder than motivations. (Massachusetts and the District of Columbia are dead last.)

At the moment, six CFLs are installed at the palatial Surlywood estate, although this is motivated primarily by the desire to avoid changing bulbs so damned often.

(Previous bulb discussion here.)

Posted at 10:43 AM to Family Joules

I purchased 8 such bulbs when I bought my home 4 years ago. I am still waiting for the bulbs that were already here to burn out.

Posted by: Aero at 10:55 AM on 24 February 2007

As the bulbs that I currently have burn out I've been replacing them with CFLs. And also buying CFLs for the new lamps I've gotten. The hardest part is knowing how many lumens you need instead of going by wattage, so you don't end up in the dark.

Posted by: Erica at 12:13 AM on 25 February 2007

The last ones I bought were 20-watters, which GE says are the equivalent of 75-watt incandescent bulbs. (Lumens: 1150.) An ordinary 60-watt bulb on my shelf claims 820 lumens.

Posted by: CGHill at 10:13 AM on 25 February 2007

Sadly, not all of our light fixtures can fit some of the bulky flors. Also, we have placed some outside and on cold nights, those suckers take awhile to get bright. Also, you can't use them with dimmers.

Therefore, not every light in our house is a flor. BUT, if they pass a law saying I can't have incandescents, I will get an illegal alien to put incandescenst in every fixture in my house.

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 10:02 PM on 25 February 2007