Banning the Bulb?

Here is an article about new California legislation that is being introduced by California Assemblyman Lloyd Levine that would ban the use of incandescent light bulbs in the home by the year 2012. These are the most common light bulbs currently used in the home today. While they are cheap to purchase, they are expensive to run and are energy wasters. The alternative to incandescent is the compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) which uses about 25 percent of the energy of conventional light bulbs. Unfortunately, they often provide about 25 percent of the aesthetic quality as well. Incandescent light bulbs run in the yellow/red color spectrum and provide a warmer “feel” visually to a space – think sunlight, fires and candlelight. CFL’s run in the blue color spectrum and thus create a cooler feel to a space (think northern exposure on a winters’ day). I’ve tried them and I must admit I’m not partial to the color they produce.

While I’m all for reduction of green house gasses – one has to wonder – if we replace all of our warmer feeling lights with their cooler alternatives – will those of us in cold climates be turning up our thermostats to compensate?

I hope someone more scientific than I am works to come up with a way to satisfactorily coat or colorize the CFL’s to make them a bit more palatable.

xoxo Linda

2 thoughts on “Banning the Bulb?”

  1. Home Depot now carries a line of cfls that have a range, they have one they consider cool, one warm and one that falls into the middle. While they arent the cheapest about $5 a blub or $10 for a 3 pack i’ve found that the ones right in the middle create the perfect balance of light.

  2. CFLs are now available in a wide range of color options. Just don’t buy the cheapest bulb you find at the store. (It will probably be awful.) Shop around and take a look at the options.. they’re pretty good these days.

    Now of course there are plenty of situations where CFL just doesn’t work. They don’t work well in confined spaces (heat build-up fries the electronics), nor in cold places (don’t use them outdoors in Alaska), and of course they don’t fit in many fixtures.

    Also, some CFLs don’t work well when mounted sideways or upside down. Others will work fine .. it depends on how they’re constructed.

    Philips and Commercial Electric (Home Depot’s brand, which I think may be changing names) tend to be pretty good. GE and Sylvania have had mixed reviews (they seem to be more susceptible to delays in turning on). Stay away from most of the no-name bulbs. Some of those use magnetic ballasts, which cause flickering and other problems, whereas better bulbs use electronic ballasts.

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