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Christmas Lights Campaign

Update 10/25/06: There's now a gift card you can print up and add to your CFL gift which gives the gift that extra educational value. CFL gift card

Taraluna is offering free CFLs with a $50 or more purchase of Fair Trade, Organic and Green gifts and products. If you just want to buy CFLs it's also a great place to go. You can buy 75 watt equivelent CFLs for just $3. Each bulb will save you anywhere from $36 to $60 in energy costs over the life of the bulb, making it a gift that keeps on giving. Taraluna's CFLs

Christmas Lights
Christmas Lights

Gandhi once famously said that it is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. He also apparently commented that if we each bring light to one dark corner then the world will be full of light. Finally Gandhi tells us that we must Be the change.

The Christmas Lights campaign seeks to help you achieve all three things: make a positive change to our world, start putting any green guilt you carry around to rest and finally, but perhaps most importantly, this campaign will help all of us be the change one dark corner at a time.

Based on the Question that Al from City Hippy asked that I replied to we are delighted to announce the official launch of the Christmas Lights campaign.

The goal of the campaign is to encourage as many people and businesses as possible to pledge that this 'Christmas / Chanukah / Kwanzaa / Holiday Season / Whatever' they will buy CFL bulbs for friends and family or employees thus increasing efficiency, lowering emissions and helping to gently educate people as to the benefits of CFL bulbs.

For each employee or person you buy gifts for over the holiday season, please pledge (via the comments below) to buy one compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb for them as well. Add it on as an extra or take it out the gift money you were gonna spend on them - whatever suits you.

In your pledge we want to know how many bulbs you pledge to gift.


Additionally, you can help us spread the word and tell others about the campaign via:

- your own blog using the WordofBlog campaign tile appearing here:

- email using the PDF that will be here shortly or just direct them to this post

- or just good old fashioned word of mouth

We will keep a tally of how many people participate and how many bulbs are pledged.

Our target is to get pledges for 100,000 bulbs as this would reduce global CO2 emissions by approximately 50,000 to 62,500 tons – the equivalent of offsetting approximately 2000-2500 US citizens or 4000-5000 UK citizens entirely for a whole year. (Extrapolated from here )

For each incandescent bulb you replace with a CFL, you can save approximately 1000 to 1250 pounds of CO2 from being added to the atmosphere during the life of the bulb.

Each bulb can save you over $30 or £16 pounds over the life of the bulb in energy costs. That's because CFLs use 75% less energy and produce 90% less heat than incandescent bulbs.

CFLs are a gift that keeps on giving in money saved.

Do you have complicated or hard to reach light fixtures? CFLs can last 10,000 hours – 8 to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs, which means a lot less labor and time spent on ladders and chairs.

An added bonus is that CFLs are safer than incandescents – they're cool to the touch and are less likely to cause burns or fires – although make sure you buy high watt CFLs to ensure they provide enough light for the person you are buying for. Here are some wattage equivalents for you:

15W CFL = 60W regular bulb
20W CFL = 75W regular
29W CFL = 100W regular
40W CFL = 150W regular
55W CFL = 250-300W regular
(figures from GE Lighting website)

"To maximize savings, use CFLs in places where lights are on for long periods of time. Frequent switching on and off will shorten the CFL's life."

"CFLs contain four milligrams of mercury, approximately half the mercury found in a linear fluorescent lamp. Mercury vapour will only be released when the lamp is broken while operating. Most lamp manufacturers offer a "low mercury" or environmentally friendly lamp. The green socket or end cap identifies these lamps."

Taken from the Earth Day Network

We look forward to your participation and to a very Bright Holiday season thanks to all our Christmas Lights


Al ( CityHippy) & Jenni (Green Jenni)



( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 27th, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC)
I'll start
I pledge to give two bulbs per sibling and parent = 14 bulbs
I pledge to give 1 bulb each to friends that I usually gift + co-workers = approx. 20

Total pledged = 34

I've found that when CFLs go on sale at the local Smith's Marketplace, they can be found for $3 to $6 each.
Jul. 27th, 2006 02:15 pm (UTC)
Re: I'll start
I personally plan on using the bulb as the whole gift and not as an add on to another gift, so I can probably get most of my non-household Christmas done for under $200 this way.
Jul. 28th, 2006 03:42 pm (UTC)
Love it!
Love it. Love the concept. I thought you were going to ask that we don't put up Christmas lights!! I'm in. Will quantify my pledge in the near future.

Rebecca Carter
Nov. 7th, 2006 05:37 am (UTC)
I'm going to add the 50 pledged bulbs that were pledged on City Hippy since Al won't be finishing the campaign. I need to see what people have pledged to Penny at Taraluna.

50 + 34 = 84 bulbs pledged.
Dec. 7th, 2006 05:42 am (UTC)
88 CFB's to my brother's and my mom.

BTW, Walmart has very good prices on GE compact flourescent bulbs. You can get a 6 pack of 60 watt equilvant bulbs for $9.98 ($1.66/bulb). You might also be interested in knowing that Walmart is trying to get 100 million of these things sold in *one* year!
Dec. 29th, 2006 11:45 pm (UTC)
Re: pledge
I can't at this time endorse buying your CFLs at WalMart -- see comments below
Dec. 29th, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC)
i was totally on board...
right up to the point where walmart was plugged as having the cheepest prices WALMART is a monster no sane person should support

please reconsider supporting your locally owned and operated dealers
it may cost more but you will be supporting you neighbours and you should sleep better knowing you not a SHEEP
Dec. 29th, 2006 10:22 pm (UTC)
Re: i was totally on board...
Dear Anonymous,

I understand your concerns about WalMart. The part you are refering to is an anonymous comment to this post, just as your comment it. I have no idea who wrote it.

I had contemplated responding to that comment at the time it was made. I wanted to mention that buying CFLs from WalMart for such cheap prices might mean that the manufacture of the CFLs was bad for the environment and that the workers were probably not paid a fair wage or given good working conditions -- but then I got to thinking. How do we know that CFLs made by other companies and/or sold by other stores don't have similar problems? I think the topic would make an interesting top post, and it requires more research into how CFLs are made.
Dec. 29th, 2006 10:26 pm (UTC)
Re: i was totally on board...
I should also mention that I have endorsed the independent business Taraluna for this campaign. You can buy 75 watt equivelent CFLs for $3 as well as other green, organic and fair trade gifts.
Apr. 27th, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC)
Well, I already get all my electricity from solar power and use compact florescents for all my lighting, but I'm excited to see people organizing around this sort of thing!

Nathan Brown
Please use these global warming articles to learn how to prevent global warming from getting worse .

Dec. 11th, 2007 11:02 am (UTC)
additional ways to help prevent global warming
Oct. 6th, 2007 02:00 am (UTC)
poem about CFLs you can use too!!!!
I gave these out 2 years ago to friends, with this tag

To our friends,

Because we love you and the world a lot,
Here’s a gift that saves a watt!

Screw in this cute fluorescent light,
And when you make your home so bright,

Know that you just helped to nurture
A cleaner world to give the Future!!

Happy Holidays,

Sarah Woolsey--SLC

“If every household in the US replaced one light bulb with an Energy Star qualified compact fluorescent light bulb*, it would prevent enough pollution to equal removing 1 million cars from the road.” –www.energystar.gov

*These bulbs (certified by Energy star) use 66% less energy than a standard bulb and last up to 10 times longer.

Apr. 10th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

muhabbet | korku | msn nickleri | msn nickleri | netlog
Feb. 9th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
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