California to ban light bulbs

Incandescent, or ‘traditional’ lightbulbs, that is. At least that’s what’s currently being considered by the state. If approved, the act would ban incandescent lightbulbs by 2012 in favor of energy-efficient compact fluorescent lightbulbs. Considering the fact that fluorescent bulbs use about 25% of the energy that old-school incandescent bulbs use, this is a very smart move. After all, how else can you cut down on energy usage by 75% that easily?

California has serious energy and pollution issues, and this is a step in the right direction. While plenty of people in California will likely cry foul due to the added cost of the new bulbs, it’s still a good call. California residents will use less energy, have lower electric bills, and recoup their costs in a short time. The entire state will benefit as well.

If this bill basses, and I think it will, the rest of the country shouldn’t be far behind. It’s one of those ‘duh’ upgrades that everyone should make. Now if only I could remember to pick up a couple boxes the next time I stop at Wal-Mart. Source.


  1. Rick said

    February 2 2007 @ 2:18 pm

    Now were in my territory, I work in the industry.

    OK fluorescent is more efficient, but only generally. The devil is in the details! There are times and places when incandescents are more effiecent! There are lots of other issues, to many and technical to go into here.

    Watch for *who* advises on those details. A GE salesman? A power company engineer?


  2. Leroy Brown said

    February 2 2007 @ 2:33 pm

    Interesting – all I’ve ever heard is that flourescent is better yadda yadda.
    Without going into too much techno-speak that I probably wouldn’t understand, when would an incandescent bulb be more efficient?

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