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2012-12-28 12:43:20 AM  
Not a word about buttsecks or Molotov cocktails.  Silly girl.
 
2012-12-28 01:00:42 AM  
opionator.files.wordpress.com
knows an 11th way, you bastards.
 
2012-12-28 01:13:01 AM  
Breaking the glass in Jewish weddings.
 
2012-12-28 01:25:47 AM  

RodneyToady: Breaking the glass in Jewish weddings.


Don't you use a heel for that?
 
2012-12-28 01:50:51 AM  

BarkingUnicorn: RodneyToady: Breaking the glass in Jewish weddings.

Don't you use a heel for that?


You sure as hell don't use your face!
 
2012-12-28 03:55:13 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: BarkingUnicorn: RodneyToady: Breaking the glass in Jewish weddings.

Don't you use a heel for that?

You sure as hell don't use your face!


Pansy.
 
2012-12-28 10:37:29 AM  
I did put in a bunch of CFL's last fall but they are often quite dim on lighting and take quite a while to warm up, even the ones that said they were "Instant on".

Plus I haven't figured out what to do with them when they burn out.  They do burn out.  I know that they contain mercury.  Am I really supposed to make a special trip to a hazardous waste disposal center with them?  I assume that there is a charge per bulb. Has anyone actually done this?
 
2012-12-28 10:40:14 AM  
I've got lots of "burned out" CFLs at my house.  I don't want to put them in the trash...but, I'm too lazy to find a place that can dispose of them safely.

I think it's about time to upgrade to LED.  That won't solve my disposal problem; but, at least it will keep it from growing.
 
2012-12-28 10:42:45 AM  
I take mine to the Home Depot and put them in the CFL recycling bin by the door.

I want to go all-LED soon.
 
2012-12-28 10:43:59 AM  
11. Crack pipe.
 
2012-12-28 10:44:52 AM  

tricycleracer: 11. Crack pipe.


Done.
 
2012-12-28 10:46:33 AM  

eraser8: I think it's about time to upgrade to LED.  That won't solve my disposal problem; but, at least it will keep it from growing.


Apart from the gallium arsenide and cadmium in the LED's. Although that's encased in plastic, so maybe it's not that big a problem.

Oh, you think the LED bulbs are going to last 20 years? Hah, the little bastards have transformers and capacitors, just the kind of shiat that burns out in the rest of technology.
 
2012-12-28 10:49:30 AM  
Not for use with fluorescent bulbs.
 
2012-12-28 10:49:51 AM  
Break them and throw them in the yards of people you don't like?
 
2012-12-28 10:50:25 AM  
Crappy article didn't even provide us with helpful pictures of these uses.
 
2012-12-28 10:50:26 AM  

notmtwain: I did put in a bunch of CFL's last fall but they are often quite dim on lighting and take quite a while to warm up, even the ones that said they were "Instant on".

Plus I haven't figured out what to do with them when they burn out.  They do burn out.  I know that they contain mercury.  Am I really supposed to make a special trip to a hazardous waste disposal center with them?  I assume that there is a charge per bulb. Has anyone actually done this?


You can return them to the store, at least at Home Depot. No charge.
 
Slu
2012-12-28 10:52:48 AM  
The person who wrote this article is crazy. The list of things to do with burned out incandescent bulbs has one item. Throw them out. Turning them into Christmas tree ornaments makes you look like a crazy person with old light bulbs on your tree.
 
2012-12-28 10:56:45 AM  
Another appropriate use would be to shove them into the rectums of the retards that banned real light bulbs. Once inserted they should be broken.
 
2012-12-28 10:57:45 AM  

Slu: The person who wrote this article is crazy. The list of things to do with burned out incandescent bulbs has one item. Throw them out. Turning them into Christmas tree ornaments makes you look like a crazy person with old light bulbs on your tree.


So what. We painted ours like penguins and gave them out. It gave my 9 yro daughter something to do.

/I am crazy, so I won't argue that point
 
2012-12-28 10:58:00 AM  

Slu: The person who wrote this article is crazy. The list of things to do with burned out incandescent bulbs has one item. Throw them out. Turning them into Christmas tree ornaments makes you look like a crazy person with old light bulbs on your tree.


That's who I want to be known as: the guy who decorates his tree with garbage.
 
2012-12-28 10:58:47 AM  

lack of warmth: We painted ours like penguins and gave them out. It gave my 9 yro daughter something to do.


I like penguins.  They're delicious.
 
2012-12-28 11:00:15 AM  
Stupid article is stupid.

Fails to explain how to open up a light bulb without imploding it into a million tiny pieces of glass.
 
2012-12-28 11:03:33 AM  

eraser8: lack of warmth: We painted ours like penguins and gave them out. It gave my 9 yro daughter something to do.

I like penguins.  They're delicious.


Penguins is practically chickens
 
Slu
2012-12-28 11:03:43 AM  

eraser8: Slu: The person who wrote this article is crazy. The list of things to do with burned out incandescent bulbs has one item. Throw them out. Turning them into Christmas tree ornaments makes you look like a crazy person with old light bulbs on your tree.

That's who I want to be known as: the guy who decorates his tree with garbage.


Right! I actually used to do that in college. Except we used beer cans. And we didn't use glitter. And we just threw them at the tree. Other than that, it was exactly the same.
 
2012-12-28 11:03:50 AM  
Most of these "projects" require clear bulbs. All of the old incandescent bulbs I had were frosted.
 
2012-12-28 11:04:15 AM  

tricycleracer: 11. Crack pipe.


yup,
back in the day we would rent a room at the hotel, some one would break the pipe, and we would loot all the lightbulbs making another.
 
Slu
2012-12-28 11:05:21 AM  

lack of warmth: Slu: The person who wrote this article is crazy. The list of things to do with burned out incandescent bulbs has one item. Throw them out. Turning them into Christmas tree ornaments makes you look like a crazy person with old light bulbs on your tree.

So what. We painted ours like penguins and gave them out. It gave my 9 yro daughter something to do.

/I am crazy, so I won't argue that point


When you gave them out did you say "Here, you throw this away."?

I kid. I kid.
 
2012-12-28 11:05:29 AM  

dobro: Most of these "projects" require clear bulbs. All of the old incandescent bulbs I had were frosted.


If you remove the base or the ceramic at the bottom and fill them with salt and shake it around you can remove the frosting.
 
2012-12-28 11:08:44 AM  

lemortede: dobro: Most of these "projects" require clear bulbs. All of the old incandescent bulbs I had were frosted.

If you remove the base or the ceramic at the bottom and fill them with salt and shake it around you can remove the frosting.


And you know this how?
 
2012-12-28 11:09:38 AM  

notmtwain: I did put in a bunch of CFL's last fall but they are often quite dim on lighting and take quite a while to warm up, even the ones that said they were "Instant on".

Plus I haven't figured out what to do with them when they burn out.  They do burn out.  I know that they contain mercury.  Am I really supposed to make a special trip to a hazardous waste disposal center with them?  I assume that there is a charge per bulb. Has anyone actually done this?


Usually places like Office Max have disposal bins in front for printer ink cartridges and CFL lights. I'm sure there are a ton of other places. I'm finally making the switch over now that they fixed the light temperature and started advertising the Lumens, so I can tell how bright the bulb is supposed to be. We get silly rebates at Costco, in a deal with the local power company, which is pretty sweet, got about 16 packs of them for something like $20 or so. I don't have too much problem with them being dim anymore. They do brighten as they warm up, but they are pretty usable from the start.
 
2012-12-28 11:13:29 AM  

Ima4nic8or: Another appropriate use would be to shove them into the rectums of the retards that banned real light bulbs. Once inserted they should be broken.


Or maybe people like you who perpetuate the myth that incandescent bulbs have been "banned"?

Link
 
2012-12-28 11:13:58 AM  
Better than what was listed in TFA:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7BeC--k_gM
 
2012-12-28 11:14:57 AM  
I'd rather find out what to do with the new ones when they blow out. Let's see. I can't just toss them, because of their dangerous content. I have to take them somewhere... ahh. More money for Big Oil. Then, I have to recycle them at a store. More money for the store. even if turning them in is 'free', they get money for providing this 'service'. Then, more money because of special transport, more money because of extra personnel... anyone getting why they wanted to switch??

This step was completely unnecessary. We were on the way to LED lighting that is safer and easier to deal with. Florescent lighting was always more dangerous, so to follow that line of reasoning was just silly. But, it enabled some people to make much more money. So, it was implemented. Yay.
 
2012-12-28 11:15:36 AM  

lemortede: dobro: Most of these "projects" require clear bulbs. All of the old incandescent bulbs I had were frosted.

If you remove the base or the ceramic at the bottom and fill them with salt and shake it around you can remove the frosting.


Or, you could like, THROW THE TRASH AWAY.
 
2012-12-28 11:16:54 AM  
Drill small hole, fill with gunpowder, stick fuse in hole.
Wait until nighttime
Place on neighbor's door step.
Take lightbulb out of front door lamp, drill small hole, fill with gunpowder, replace lightbulb.
Light fuse on other lightbulb.
Knock on door.
Run like hell.
Neighbor opens door, can't see anything, turns on light.
Door bulb explodes, showering his face with glass and burning powder fragments.
Neighbor bends over in shock and pain.
The other bulb also explodes in his face.

Protip 1:This is best done to someone you don't like
Protip 2:Don't get caught.
 
2012-12-28 11:19:24 AM  

Mikey1969: Ima4nic8or: Another appropriate use would be to shove them into the rectums of the retards that banned real light bulbs. Once inserted they should be broken.

Or maybe people like you who perpetuate the myth that incandescent bulbs have been "banned"?

Link


Or maybe they could keep the classic incandescents on the shelf? Why not give people options? I personally dont want the higher efficiency incandescents.
 
2012-12-28 11:19:25 AM  
For every one of those items, I mentally added "only to end up in tiny dangerous shards when it so much as touches a solid object."
 
2012-12-28 11:20:51 AM  

Anthracite: lemortede: dobro: Most of these "projects" require clear bulbs. All of the old incandescent bulbs I had were frosted.

If you remove the base or the ceramic at the bottom and fill them with salt and shake it around you can remove the frosting.

And you know this how?


Read his reply to my "crack pipe" comment.

We're in the midst of a MacGyver crack smoker.
 
2012-12-28 11:26:32 AM  

lemortede: back in the day we would rent a room at the hotel, some one would break the pipe, and we would loot all the lightbulbs making another.


Its all fun and games until someone breaks the crack pipe.
 
2012-12-28 11:35:42 AM  
1-7 put plants in it
8 paint it
9-10 put something else in it
 
2012-12-28 11:36:17 AM  
OOOhhhhh incandescents, my bad.


I'll just put this CFL back together now
 
2012-12-28 11:36:39 AM  

MythDragon: Drill small hole, fill with gunpowder, stick fuse in hole.
Wait until nighttime
Place on neighbor's door step.
Take lightbulb out of front door lamp, drill small hole, fill with gunpowder, replace lightbulb.
Light fuse on other lightbulb.
Knock on door.
Run like hell.
Neighbor opens door, can't see anything, turns on light.
Door bulb explodes, showering his face with glass and burning powder fragments.
Neighbor bends over in shock and pain.
The other bulb also explodes in his face.

Protip 1:This is best done to someone you don't like
Protip 2:Don't get caught.


No way. Who opens the door without the light turned on first?
 
2012-12-28 11:41:21 AM  

tricycleracer: Anthracite: lemortede: dobro: Most of these "projects" require clear bulbs. All of the old incandescent bulbs I had were frosted.

If you remove the base or the ceramic at the bottom and fill them with salt and shake it around you can remove the frosting.

And you know this how?

Read his reply to my "crack pipe" comment.

We're in the midst of a MacGyver crack smoker.


Meth actually, but honestly most tweekers are Macgyvers in one way or another....I have seen cooks make meth using the craziest stuff.

/Been clean for 13ish years.
//God willing will never ever ever do it again.
///yes, I still miss it.
 
2012-12-28 11:41:40 AM  
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2012-12-28 11:43:43 AM  

Anthracite: lemortede: dobro: Most of these "projects" require clear bulbs. All of the old incandescent bulbs I had were frosted.

If you remove the base or the ceramic at the bottom and fill them with salt and shake it around you can remove the frosting.

And you know this how?


Occupational therapy.
 
2012-12-28 11:54:59 AM  
Jeez, my mom used to take an old frosted bulb, shove it in one of my dad's dark holey socks, and mend said socks. She could more easily see what she was doing that way.

/yes I know what you're thinking, just get it over with
 
2012-12-28 11:58:03 AM  
As to those asking what to do with your burnt out CFLs as mentioned home depot recycled them as well as all Lowes theyres a big blue metal center at the side of every entrance for cfl blinds and batteries. Also just to point out one guy said the stores make money recycling them? Nope we actually pay to have them licked up as Hazmat we just do it as a service to our customers
 
2012-12-28 12:03:44 PM  

Mikey1969: Ima4nic8or: Another appropriate use would be to shove them into the rectums of the retards that banned real light bulbs. Once inserted they should be broken.

Or maybe people like you who perpetuate the myth that incandescent bulbs have been "banned"?

Link


Ahh, I see someone trying to perpetuate the myth that incandescent bulbs weren't banned.

NORMAL A-LAMP INCANDESCENT BULBS HAVE BEEN BANNED.

There, that clear enough for you?

You cannot today go into a store in the US and buy a normal 100 watt incandescent light bulb. They're illegal to manufacture, they're illegal to import.

Not only that, but the higher efficiency incandescent bulbs that you can still buy are going to be banned by 2020 if the law doesn't change.
The only exemptions from the ban are "specialty" bulbs.
 
2012-12-28 12:12:00 PM  

notmtwain: I did put in a bunch of CFL's last fall but they are often quite dim on lighting and take quite a while to warm up, even the ones that said they were "Instant on".

Plus I haven't figured out what to do with them when they burn out.  They do burn out.  I know that they contain mercury.  Am I really supposed to make a special trip to a hazardous waste disposal center with them?  I assume that there is a charge per bulb. Has anyone actually done this?


I usually just go to the other side of town and pull behind some house or building or even a van. I then get out my wrist slingshot. The CFL base makes a nice gripping point and is nicely weighted. I then have some fun launching them into some immigrants property. boom boom boom.

I used to just drop them from an overpass, but that can get dangerous. It's a lot harder to target immigrants. Not all of their cars look like Sanford and Son's truck.
 
2012-12-28 12:13:09 PM  

Mikey1969: Ima4nic8or: Another appropriate use would be to shove them into the rectums of the retards that banned real light bulbs. Once inserted they should be broken.

Or maybe people like you who perpetuate the myth that incandescent bulbs have been "banned"?

Link


Oh, and before you think I'm an anti-environment whacko, I'm not necessarily disagreeing with the concept of the ban, I'd already changed over to CFLs everywhere they were practical before the ban even passed. I think LEDs will make good replacements for the rest of my incandescents in a few years when they manage to get the brightness up to acceptable levels and come up with some reasonably attractive LED candelabra bulbs. I hope the heat issue can be overcome, that's really what's holding it back right now.

But yeah, it's really a ban, and it's disingenuous to claim it isn't.
 
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