Friday, February 5, 2010

I can see clearly now (my light bulbs are gone)

Who doesn't like being bossed around and told what to do -- for our own good, of course? Take, for example, incandescent light bulbs. Already banned in Australia in favor of more energy-efficient alternatives -- in particular, compact fluorescent lamps (cfl) -- traditional light bulbs are also on their way out in Europe and due to be banned in the United States starting in 2012.

Nevermind that the more-expensive bulbs deliver cost-savings to users only if people change their light-using habits and leave lamps on for relatively uninterrupted periods (Britain's Daily Telegraph reported in September 2009 that "[t]he lifespan of energy-saving light bulbs can be reduced by up to 85 per cent if they are switched off and on too often.")

Nevermind that the new mercury-laden bulbs have to be disposed of carefully.

And nevermind that some people just don't like the light the damned things throw and would rather stick with the tried-and-true old bulbs. We've all been drafted into the latest social crusade to save energy.

Well ... Maybe some of us don't like being bossed around.

Reason's Nick Gillespie has an interesting take on the world-wide Noble (whether you like it or not) Light Bulb Experiment below.

And beware this (tongue-in-cheek) warning from the future: "Boy, 7, in critical condition after light bulb raid."



Blogger Fred said...

And never mind that improved, energy efficient incandescent bulbs that will supposedly rival CFLs are supposed to be developed by the time incandescents are banned.

February 6, 2010 6:41 AM  
Anonymous TJP said...

A savings on the terminal side of the meter does not necessarily translate to higher efficiency in delivery or generation, especially when millions of the devices are plugged in to the grid. Your meter is suitable for the purposes of commerce; it's not a scientific instrument.

I've been using CFLs for 11 years, and I prefer them--even though their quality has diminished considerably in the last few years. There are many reasons to like them, but people who think they're going to make a significant impact on demand or that they'll lower pollution are remaining willfully ignorant.

February 6, 2010 2:20 PM  
Blogger n4zhg said...

The Green Police

February 6, 2010 7:12 PM  
Blogger Charles said...

Great essay by Ron Rosenbaum on Congress' ban of beauty.

February 7, 2010 6:54 AM  

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