23 Jan '12, 1am

Are you excited about new lightbulbs? You should be.

Are you excited about new lightbulbs? You should be.

Thanks to President George W. Bush and his positively brilliant idea to sign into law in 2007 a federal energy bill establishing energy-efficiency standards for light bulbs , inventiveness in the lighting sector has been unleashed, and manufacturers are on fire with excitement about all the new products they’re bringing to market this year. (The standards go into effect in January.) All this has me beaming, too, and it’s made this year’s gift-giving a whole lot easier: Light bulbs for everyone! I’m kidding, right? Actually, I’m quite serious, and given all the great new lighting options -- including halogen incandescents that look and work as well as the ones you’re used to, only 30 percent more efficiently; CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lights) that provide strong light quickly; and LEDs (Light-Emitting Diodes) that now cast light “omni-directionally“ -- I’m positively aglow ...

Full article: http://www.onearth.org/blog/radiant-gifts

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