Bright Ideas for a Better Lightbulb?
The European Commission has adopted new energy rules that will effectively remove incandescent lightbulbs from stores by 2012. The Clean Energy Act of 2007 established similar regulations in the United States.
What do you think? Will these regulations spur innovation and investments to create more energy-efficient lighting options? Despite the economic and environmental benefits of switching to CFLs (they use 75 percent less energy!), consumers complain that the twisty fixtures are lousy illuminators, contain mercury, and are difficult to dispose of. To try to spur more excitement amongst the reluctant masses, GE recently started marketing a CFL that looks like a traditional bulb.
Many say that the future lies in LED technology but so far, a viable replacement for CFLs doesn’t exist. Many specialty applications for LEDs are out there but they're expensive and no good for general-purpose lighting.