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Traditional light bulbs could be outlawed in California if groundbreaking environmental legislation being proposed by a state legislator is approved.
Democratic politician Lloyd Levine said his bill -- the "How Many Legislators Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb Act" -- would ban the sales of cheaper incandescent bulbs in favour of compact energy-efficient lamps.
Levine said the ban, which would take effect from 2012, would save consumers money over the long-term despite the fact that energy-efficient bulbs are more expensive to buy.
"When a consumer is standing in a store and they're confronted with two different products, they generally opt for the one that is cheaper and the one they've traditionally bought," he said.
"The problem is: The one they think is cheaper is only cheap at that moment in time. The other one is cheaper over the long run."
According to the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), a nonprofit organization which specializes in energy policy, replacing a 75-watt incandescent light bulb with a 20-watt compact fluorescent would save 1,300 pounds of carbon dioxide and save customers 55 dollars over the life of the bulb.
The institute said the average life of a 75-watt incandescent bulb is roughly 750 hours, while the life of an energy-efficient bulb is 10,000 hours.
“Unlike conventional light in the home, which is controllable only to the extent you can turn it on, turn it off and dim it, with LEDs — because there are available in a wide range of colors and they can be mixed — there is the potential to create digitally tunable lighting that can replicate all sorts of lighting effects,” he explains. “With LEDs, it is possible to take a white wall and make it any color you want, and use that color to adjust the mood in the room.”
Energy efficiency. LEDs provide very good efficacy (energy use, or the amount of light per watt of energy consumed) and continue to improve compared to their alternatives. Incandescents typically provide 15 lumens per watt of energy consumed. On average, fluorescents range from 65 to 85 lumens per watt. Right now, the LED has surpassed incandescents in efficacy, providing 30 and 60 lumens per watt; however, the U.S. Department of Energy is targeting 150 lumens per watt efficacy by the year 2012 with improvements in materials and design.
Originally posted by spacedoubt
Shortsightedness..Maybe brighter light bulbs would help!