24 May '12, 5pm

Why Are We Putting 21st Century Light Bulbs in 19th Century Sockets?

Why Are We Putting 21st Century Light Bulbs in 19th Century Sockets?

LEDs can go into into just about anything; designer Peteris Zilbers sticks them in broom handles. I have complained in the past about the foolishness of running them on 110 volts AC, since they require transformers and rectifiers to operate, and have suggested that our homes should be wired for low voltage direct current that anyone can just tape onto their baseboards . Now Christopher Mims of MIT Technology Review points out another idiocy: how we try to cram them into the old screw-in Edison base. He calls it ridiculous. In economics and social science, this phenomenon is known as "path dependence." The simplistic definition of path dependence is that "history matters," but there's an even better way to think about it, and that's as a sort of evolutionary constraint. He calls for a new standard. America is full of light sockets and electrical wiring that can't be reconfi...

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