CFL information sources; non-electric appliances

Q. I came across your website this weekend, and it has been really enjoyable reading it.  I am trying to switch all our light to compact fluorescents, but I have run into one problem.  In our kitchen, halls, and bathroom, we have light fixtures (holes) that are recessed, and the compact fluorescent bulbs needed for these receptacles are the “reflector” CFs, and we need 75 watt.  The only 75 watt ones I could find start out with a dim light, and after about 2 minutes they produce a bright light.  My husband and kids don’t like them because they stay dim so long.  Is this normal?  The only place I could find 75 watt was Lowe’s.  Wal-Mart and Home Depot only carry 65 watt.

I have seen sites on the internet that sell 75 watt, but most of them are expensive.  Do you know of any other source?  The regular CF lights (the ones that look like a swirled ice cream cone) are easy to find and work in our table lamps.  These are immediately bright.

I noticed you were developing non-electric home appliances.  Are familiar with Lehman’s?  We have bought from them for over 20 years.  They were originally a hardware store in Ohio catering to a local Amish (non-electric) community, and they became well known during the build up to Y2K.   I know they carry a hand-crank blender, treadle sewing machine, and lots of other interesting things you can’t find anywhere else.

I really admire your food garden.  I have a long way to go to get mine anywhere near yours!  I found your pictures to be very inspiring.  In my little quest to create less pollution here in Annapolis, MD, I quit using my dryer last year.  It was so easy I can’t imagine why I didn’t think of doing this years ago.  Just from that change, our electric consumption dropped 11%.  I am curious to see what the CF lights will accomplish. 

Thank you for your web site,   Lynne

A. Two sources to consult for more information about compact fluorescent bulbs are Energy Star:  and Real Goods:

Yes, we are quite familiar with Lehman’s and have purchased many of our non-electric appliances from them.

Thank you for the kind words about our garden.  As we like to remind fellow travelers, it’s all about “Doing what we can, where we are, with what we have – right now.”

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