R.I.P. Incandescent Light Bulbs, Hello CFL Bulbs.

By Brooke Drake, December 6, 2010, News

It is official. The end is near for the incandescent light bulb. The U.S. will soon join other countries such as Asia, Europe and Latin America in the initiative to phase out incandescent light bulbs, which are less efficient. Unbeknownst to me, there was a law that passed in 2007 that requires all Americans to use more efficient light bulbs, like compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), by 2014.

Now, I know what you may be thinking, why are we being forced to buy something that is more expensive and produces bad lighting? But after reading an article titled, “FAQ: The End of the Light Bulb as We Know It”, I was enlightened. Here are some benefits to CFLs:

  • Long term cost. While a CFL costs about $2.00 to $3.00 more expensive than a standard bulb, it can save you money in the long run. It uses almost 75% less energy and lasts five years longer than a regular bulb.
  • There’s a wider variety of the color of light. One thing most of us can agree on is the color that CFL’s emit isn’t the most appealing. Now you can get a wider variety of colors to choose from that are easier on the eyes.  To find a CFL that resembles the color of a standard bulb, the article recommends choosing bulbs with lower Kelvin temperatures ranging from 2,700-3,000.
  • Additional option other than CFLs. By 2012, there should be more options to choose from to replace the standard incandescent bulb.  For example, there are plans to make LEDs (light emitting diodes) more practical for the home.
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