We switched, but maybe YOU won’t have to!
When Congress passed a new energy law two years ago, with new efficiency standards that will take effect in 2012, it was assumed that the incandescent light bulb was a thing of the past, as people switched to fluorescents. But fluorescent bulbs contain mercury, which presents a disposal problem, so researchers are trying to figure out how to create a incandescent bulb that will meet the new standards.
In the July 6th edition of the New York Times, Leorna Broydo Vestel quotes researcher Chris Calwell as saying, “There have been more incandescent innovations in the last three years than in the last two decades.” One example: Philips Lighting’s Halogena Energy Saver bulbs, which are fairly expensive ($5 and up, around the same price as fluorescents) but are 30% more efficient than standard bulbs. Like fluorescents, they also last longer.
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