Wednesday, October 07, 2009

One of mankind's greatest inventions finally goes... off

In September, the European Union banned the sale of 100-watt incandescent light bulbs, with lawbreakers facing up to $70,000 in fines. Over the next few years, bans on lower-wattage bulbs kick in. In the United States, similar legislation comes into play in 2012. The idea is to kickstart the market for compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), which use less energy than conventional incandescents. Although CFLs present any number of problems (even beyond a much higher initial cost), governments all over the globe are determined to make them the new standard.

Invented in its modern form by Thomas Edison in 1879, the light bulb became synonymous with a brilliant idea. Now, it seems, it’s just one more symbol of a nanny state that increasingly dictates more choices in our public and private lives.

3 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

This is one of those EU idiotic laws. It is just a money making schema.

In Northern countries these new lights do not save energy but actually cause more harm to the nature than traditional light bulbs. They need more energy to manufacture and more energy to recycle because they are poisonous.

When it is winter, light bulbs help warming the house (100% of the energy light bulbs use is transformed to heat, yes light becomes heat at the end as well).

When it is summer, no light and no heating is needed. Once evenings and nights become darker, heating is needed as well.

Now, using these new fluorescent lights that do not help heating the house the heat loss is needed to compensate using the actual heating system that in most cases use electricity, oil, coal etc.

So, it is win-win, 50-50. To the ordinary citizen, the new lights are just more expensive.

They might work in warmer countries like SA if recycling was properly implemented. Fluorescent etc lights cannot be thrown away because they are poisonous.

- buuri -

Anonymous said...

I like the idea and think it is a cost saver in the end. It saves loads of electricity. Just think that for each one burning you are saving 40 watts of electricity. If an average of 3 lights are on in your house you have saved 120 watts. Now multiply that by 5 million households. Less power stations needed.

I would propose they also ban hot water geysers. What a waste of power. Be like the Asians and invest in a R400 portable water heater for your shower.

Doberman said...

What does one do with the mercury leftovers of finished CFLs?