Edison’s brightest idea dying out

It’s not your eyes… incandescent light bulbs have a dim future. Starting in 2012, they will be going the way of the dinosaur, and by 2014, they will be gone. One of the most influential and important inventions ever is no longer making the grade in our modern efficiency-conscious world. The switch over is geared towards reducing electricity costs and decreasing the number of bulbs purchased each year.

 How will this save money?  

Approximately 90% of the energy from an incandescent light bulb is wasted as heat. More efficient bulbs waste less and last up to five years. Not surprisingly, the price is higher for these bulbs (compare 50 cents for some incandescent ones to roughly $3 a piece for the newer ones).

 What kind of savings can you expect? It could be up to 12 percent on your utility bill. According to an article by U.S. News and World Report, “A household that invested $90 in changing 30 fixtures would save $440 to $1,500 over the five-year life of the bulbs, depending on your cost of electricity.” 

Knowing that these changes are coming, will you to switch over your bulbs now?


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2 comments on “Edison’s brightest idea dying out
  1. AMA says:

    We’ve already changed most of the bulbs in our house. The new ones are odd – not a really clean white. Also, they seem to go on dimly, then get brighter over time. I’m not a big fan, but if they save money and are more environmentally friendly then I’ll live with them.

  2. Gruppie Girl says:

    I agree with AMA. It can be hit-or-miss when you buy CFL’s.

    For the most part I love my CFL’s. But I do have a few that need to “warm up.” This warming-up problem is supposed to be solved with the newest generation of bulbs.

    With all of these great energy savings there is one big problem. Disposal.

    CFL’s contain mercury. Although less mercurcy than is released into the atmosphere when munufacturing a conventional light bulb.

    When my first CFL burned out a few months ago I called the town to find out how to safely dispose of the bulb. They had no clue and had to get back to me after finding the answer. Basically I was told to drive 45 minute (each way) to the hazardous waste disposal location. That would be an hour and a half of driving just to dispose of one bulb. Who would do that? The emissions spewed from my car would have a larger footprint than the one CFL saved. Not to mention all of my time that would be lost.

    With all of the push towards CFL’s I would love to see towns and businesse step-up to protect their groundwater and offer residents an easy and convienent way to dispose of CFL’s!

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