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© Jan Hoffman
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Over the past year we have replaced many of the light bulbs in our house with Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) and believe that we have made a small contribution in the energy conservation effort. Initially we thought replacing these bulbs would be easy -- not so! We have a number of decorative lamps where the CFL bulbs would not properly fit with either the existing lamp shade or the harp, or both. Most CFL come with adaptors to retrofit in a harp but they leave a lot to be desired. That issue, coupled with the challenge of safely disposing burned-out or broken bulbs, may slow the adoption rate for these energy-saving lights.

The photo was taken with a Canon Powershot G-7 looking down on a CFL bulb surrounded by a lamp shade.

47 responses

  • Farras Abdelnour

    Farras Abdelnour said (25 Mar 2008):

    Beautiful photo. Didn't even realize it was a CFL bulb.

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (25 Mar 2008):

    Really awesome picture!!! And like Farras, I didn't realize what it was until I read your explanation. Great idea.

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (25 Mar 2008):

    original perspective

  • ian link

    ian link said (27 Mar 2008):

    wonderful shot - the light plays beautifully on the winding bulb.

  • Serge Golub

    Serge Golub said (29 Mar 2008):

    Beautiful and abstract

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (31 Mar 2008):

    Wow! It is the ying & yang symbol! Appeals to the Buddist in me. Yes, those bulbs are under fire now. Too bad. Very interesting shot.

  • Caroline Kraus

    Caroline Kraus gave props (2 Apr 2008):

    Wow--I love this, beautiful shot.

  • Natalie Franco

    Natalie Franco (Deleted) gave props (4 Apr 2008):

    Perfect image for this theme

  • Udayan Mishra

    Udayan Mishra gave props (6 Apr 2008):

    A+++

  • Nisa' Haron

    Nisa' Haron said (6 Apr 2008):

    Good work with photography & for being green!

  • Grant McKinney

    Grant McKinney   gave props (6 Apr 2008):

    Brilliant

  • Tammara Terry

    Tammara Terry gave props (10 Apr 2008):

    cool

  • Georges Maroun

    Georges Maroun said (17 Apr 2008):

    what a beautiful idea it seems like the logo of a section ...perfect view for a lamp.. courage ...

  • Sherry Davis Johnson

    Sherry Davis Johnson gave props (6 May 2008):

    Great shot! I'm down watt, too. There is some trouble, but 62 bulbs replaced translated to $180 month! I love CFLs.

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman   said (6 May 2008):

    Sherry -- Thanks for setting such a fine example for down watting; 62 bulbs is pretty darn impressive!
    --Best wishes, Jan

  • Pablo Cabrera

    Pablo Cabrera gave props (10 May 2008):

    this is nice! This new economic light bulbs have an artistic side for sure!

  • !~) Emelia Isaac

    !~) Emelia Isaac said (16 May 2008):

    wow! way cool!

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt   gave props (25 May 2008):

    Creative and beautiful!

  • Lucy Lambriex

    Lucy Lambriex gave props (27 May 2008):

    Wonderful point of view! Really cool!

  • adniloj

    adniloj gave props (12 Jun 2008):

    I've like this shot & kept coming back to it; I'm glad to see it now as a theme entry Jan, it's a great one

  • Natalie S

    Natalie S gave props (13 Jun 2008):

    Jan, this is AWESOME - great entry and I'm happy you're conserving too! :)

  • Laura Boston-Thek

    Laura Boston-Thek gave props (14 Jun 2008):

    Really great jan!!

  • L Hartley

    L Hartley gave props (19 Jun 2008):

    Superb, ndry highart graphic looking, Jan, you rock! UM, you light up my life??? (ugh!)

  • Tammy Kimble

    Tammy Kimble said (19 Jun 2008):

    Kool!

  • Sean-Michael Gettys

    Sean-Michael Gettys said (20 Jun 2008):

    I love how at first the spiral design catches your eye, and then you are drawn out to the lamp fixtures and realize what you are looking at. I also love how it inspires people to go green!

  • Stephan Sachs

    Stephan Sachs gave props (29 Jun 2008):

    awesome! YEAH!

  • Arian Stevens

    Arian Stevens gave props (1 Jul 2008):

    cool poto, nice swirl!

  • Steve Reynolds

    Steve Reynolds gave props (3 Jul 2008):

    Needs to be hung up on a wall in my house right now!!!!!!

  • S Robertson

    S Robertson said (6 Jul 2008):

    really wonderful composition! contrast, geometry ...all very well done.

  • Abbey Cahill

    Abbey Cahill gave props (24 Jul 2008):

    Love it.

  • Timothy Hoerl

    Timothy Hoerl (Deleted) gave props (26 Jul 2008):

    Great shot!

  • Michael Lynch

    Michael Lynch gave props (29 Jul 2008):

    Excellent shot !

  • Robert Armstrong

    Robert Armstrong (Deleted) gave props (10 Aug 2008):

    Love the story and a cool shot!

  • gove scrivenor

    gove scrivenor said (6 Nov 2008):

    so fine!!

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (20 Nov 2008):

    Really wonderful

  • K P

    K P said (26 Nov 2008):

    Very interesting idea! I love shots of the overlooked and this definately fits into that category. Great color & angle.

  • David Henri

    David Henri gave props (17 Dec 2008):

    phenomenal composition and exposure!! Terrific shot!

  • molly .

    molly . gave props (3 Mar 2009):

    awesome shot!

  • MicheleMitrovich

    MicheleMitrovich (Deleted) gave props (14 Mar 2009):

    Mysterious & stunning! Great shot!

  • Alan Perez

    Alan Perez gave props (7 Jun 2009):

    awsome capture:D

  • Joseph Rotindo

    Joseph Rotindo said (2 Jul 2009):

    wonderful...nearly alien in appearance, or at least hailing from the planet Saturn...

  • Elise Kihntopf

    Elise Kihntopf gave props (9 Jul 2009):

    sweet angle. I like this a lot!! Major props!

  • mac

    mac gave props (21 Aug 2009):

    wow this is fantastic. love the curvature.

  • Pete Weiss

    Pete Weiss gave props (16 Sep 2009):

    Super cool.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (28 Jul 2012):

    Spiralling up to the top of JPG's Theme Park!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (30 Oct 2013):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Andrea Rizzelli

    Andrea Rizzelli said (1 Nov 2013):

    My vote

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