Peter G (sinetimore) wrote,
Peter G

This Little Light Of Mine, I'm Gonna Let It Shine

My lamp that I use when drawing my comics uses three way bulbs, and one of the elements went out the other day.  The lamp says to use a maximum of 100 watts, but I use 150 (I tried 250's, and they melted the plastic knob for the on/off switch, so 150 it is).  So I mention that I'm going to get a new bulb.

"You can get a CFL that will put out more light with less wattage."

First thing I thought of, first thing I rejected.  The bulbs are too tall for the lamp shade.  Besides, I don't like CFL's.  They're a little too harsh and blue for my taste.  I prefer the warmer glow of an incandescent.

"Then you better stock up.  Incandescents are being phased out.  You'll have to buy CFL's, LED's, or nothing."

Once again, someone reads the headlines in the paper but not the articles.

Yes, the federal government passed a law phasing out 100 watt incandescents on Jan 1 of the coming year.  75 watters will be phased out next year, and the 60's and 40's go the year after that.

Sort of.

The law that was passed didn't say to get rid of incandescents.  Manufacturers can still make them, but they have to be at least 28% more efficient.  What do you know?  Manufacturers found a way to somehow improve on 125 year old technology!  (We science geeks sometimes refer to incandescents as "Light Emitting Resistors".)  They have done so with improving the filament inside the bulb.  The filament is a little more expensive, but it is more durable, too, and can potentially last three times as long as the old tungsten filaments, so it's kind of a wash.

The only wrinkle is if you have a light on a dimmer.  The packaging will say whether or not they will work in a dimmer circuit.  But other than that, you won't notice the difference.

Man.  People hype about the dumbest shit.
Tags: did not do the research, important life lessons, science in action, technology is a beautiful thing
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