Light Bulbs?
February 21, 2007

There have been a few eye opening articles on CFL (compact fluorescent lightbulbs) recently. As a result Dayna and I have been swapping them in around our place for the last while. Here's some quickie quotes from the articles, and links to the articles themselves.

[..] If every one of 110 million American households bought just one ice-cream-cone bulb, took it home, and screwed it in the place of an ordinary 60-watt bulb, the energy saved would be enough to power a city of 1.5 million people. One bulb swapped out, enough electricity saved to power all the homes in Delaware and Rhode Island. In terms of oil not burned, or greenhouse gases not exhausted into the atmosphere, one bulb is equivalent to taking 1.3 million cars off the roads.

http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/108/open_lightbulbs.html

[Australia is] introducing new energy efficiency standards and these old
lights simply won't comply, they will be phased out and basically over
a period of time (3 years) they will no longer be for sale," Mr Turnbull said.

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,21258888-421,00.html

On the negative side of things, the packaging for the bulbs don't mention anything about what generation of bulbs they are, so we've occasionally brought home bulbs that take a second to turn on, which sucks.




Comments:

I went out a few years ago and invested a lot of money into these energy saving guys. After a few months, they were all virtually phased out, replaced with regular lightbulbs again.

I hope they've gotten better at quality. They used to be really dim, and put off an unnatural, creepy light. I have no problem shelling out $10 for 3 bulbs, but they need to improve quality.

Currently listening to: 2PAC - Changes. Cause that's the way it is. G-unit.

Posted by: tom at February 21, 2007 8:42 PM
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There are quite a few really good sites that sell them in the US. Lots of information on color spectrum and brightness. They are just as bright, and come in a variety of colours now (from the red light you're used to in a regular bulb, to natural light, to blue). I think they're called "warm" and "cool" lighting on the packaging, not sure which is which..

Posted by: mottie at February 27, 2007 8:32 PM
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