About nine months ago the Adam’s household decided it was time to go green and replace all those old, high-energy, incandescent light bulbs with the new curly-wurly type.
Two boxes were purchased from Wal-Mart. One contained 60-watt equivalents, the other, 75-watt equivalents.
According to the blurb on the box, each bulb would last, “up to nine years!” This is good news as the new ‘greener’ bulbs contain mercury – a highly toxic element – and must be disposed of “as regulated by your local state authority.”
Where we live, the nearest recycling unit is seven miles away. That’s a long away to go just to trash a used light bulb. Still, every nine years isn’t so bad, and it is helping save the planet.
Except, two of these bulbs have burnt out within nine months.
Now, I know it states on the box – ‘up to’ nine years – but if you bought a car with an ‘up to’ 100,000 mile warranty and it fell apart after 11,000 miles, you’d be a bit miffed, wouldn’t you?
Then I checked the bulb packaging. On the back it said, “Made in China”.
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