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  • Scientists Build a Better Incandescent Light Bulb… Six Years After Last US Factory Closes

    04/25/2016 6:58:38 AM PDT · by The_Victor · 125 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 22, 2016 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Protoytpe of a new energy efficient incandescent light bulb. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Six years after the last incandescent light bulb factory in the U.S. shut down due to strict new federal energy conservation standards, scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have come up with a technological breakthrough that could make incandescent bulbs twice as energy-efficient as their replacements.MIT researchers discovered that by wrapping the filament of an incandescent bulb with a “photonic crystal,” they could “recycle” the energy that was typically lost as heat to create more light.The new technique “makes a dramatic difference in how...
  • See ya, CFL: GE moves on from fluorescent light bulbs

    02/01/2016 11:14:05 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 62 replies
    CNET ^ | 02/01/2016 | Ry Crist
    By the end of the year, GE will cease production and sales of compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), the manufacturer announced this morning. Moving forward, the company's focus will fall entirely on halogen incandescents and on high-efficiency LEDs. "CFL's kind of been the light bulb that everybody loves to hate," explained John Strainic, chief operating officer of GE Lighting, citing the history of complaints about CFL dimmer compatibility, brightness delay, and quality of light. Strainic says that the industry has come a long way, but admits that the perception of inferior performance lingers. "Ultimately, LED offers a better solution at a...
  • New development could lead to more effective lightbulbs

    01/12/2016 6:11:16 AM PST · by Freeport · 32 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2015-01-12 | Matt McGrath
    US researchers say they have developed a technique that can significantly improve the efficiency of the traditional incandescent lightbulb. These older bulbs have been phased out in many countries because they waste huge amounts of energy as heat. But scientists at MIT have found a way of recycling the waste energy and focussing it back on the filament where it is re-emitted as visible light. The development has been reported in the journal Nature Nanotechnology. Little has changed in the technology of the incandescent lightbulb since they were commercially developed by Thomas Edison in the US in the 1880s. Incandescent...
  • Return of incandescent light bulbs as MIT makes them more efficient than LEDs

    01/11/2016 10:43:32 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 94 replies
    Telegraph ^ | January 11, 2016 | Sarah Knapton,
    Ever since the EU restricted sales of traditional incandescent light bulbs, homeowners have complained about the shortcomings of their energy-efficient replacements. The clinical white beam of LEDs and frustrating time-delay of 'green' lighting has left many hankering after the instant, bright warm glow of traditional filament bulbs. But now scientists in the US believe they have come up with a solution which could see a reprieve for incandescent bulbs. Researchers at MIT have shown that by surrounding the filament with a special crystal structure in the glass they can bounce back the energy which is usually lost in heat, while...
  • Light Bulb Ban Set to Take Effect

    12/14/2013 5:04:40 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 119 replies
    CNN ^ | 13 DECEMBER 2013 | WKRG.COM
    Light bulb manufacturers will cease making traditional 40 and 60-watt light bulbs -- the most popular in the country -- at the start of 2014. This comes after the controversial phasing out of incandescent 75 and 100-watt light bulbs at the beginning of 2013. In their place will be halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent bulbs, LED bulbs and high efficiency incandescents -- which are just regular incandescents that have the filament wrapped in gas. All are significantly more expensive than traditional light bulbs, but offer significant energy and costs savings over the long run. (Some specialty incandescents -- such as three-way...
  • Which Smart Lightbulbs Are Right For You?

    04/14/2015 8:22:42 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 62 replies
    time ^ | 4-14-2015 | John Patrick Pullen
    The least expensive LED light of the bunch at $14.97 per bulb, Cree’s Wi-Fi enabled, soft white 60 watt-replacements cast a good glow over my kitchen table. In fact, when I installed the new web-connected Edison bulbs, they replaced older (by a year), non-Wi-Fi-enabled, 60 watt Cree LED bulbs — and these newer bulbs seemed even brighter, though they boasted the same 815 lumens. Luckily, I could dial back the Cree’s brightness through the Philips Hue app I used to control them, which is another feature worth mentioning. The Connected Cree bulbs are marketed as being Wink App compatible, which...
  • FTC turns lights on decorative bulbs

    06/17/2014 12:43:41 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 17 2014 | Tim Devaney
    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) may require decorative light bulbs to publish energy labels that provide consumers with information about a bulb's brightness, color, life, energy use, and estimated annual energy cost. The FTC announced Tuesday it is considering new rules that would require decorative and other specialty light bulbs to comply with the same energy labeling rule that other, more traditional light bulbs have been following since 2010. The Lighting Facts label can be found on general service light bulbs, such as incandescents, fluorescents, and LEDs. But, so far, decorative lights have been exempt from the labeling rule. This...
  • The medical experts who refuse to use low-energy lightbulbs in their homes

    05/13/2014 7:57:07 AM PDT · by Iron Munro · 62 replies
    Mail Online ^ | May 12, 2014 | John Nash
    How would you view a man who's stockpiled a lifetime supply of old-fashioned lightbulbs because he believes low-energy bulbs could lead to blindness? You might well dismiss him as dotty. But the man in question, John Marshall, is no crank. In fact, he's one of Britain's most eminent eye experts, the professor of ophthalmology at the University College London Institute of Ophthalmology. So concerned is he that he has boxes stacked with old-fashioned incandescent lightbulbs at home. 'I bulk bought incandescent lightbulbs before the Government made it illegal to import them,' he says. 'I can't give you an exact number,...
  • Newly Installed White House Solar Panels Will Generate Power For a Whopping Six Light Bulbs

    05/11/2014 11:23:57 AM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    IJReview ^ | Soopermexican
    In case you had any doubt about the efficacy of government, just consider the four year struggle to get solar panels on the White House, which has culminated in the breathless announcement that they will now generate the power to run all of six light bulbs. Here’s the pivotal sentence of the announcement: And while the energy produced by the White House panels may not be all too significant—they’ll generate an estimated 6.3 kilowatts worth of energy—the message it sends is. Oh good another “symbolic” achievement by Obama – he’s getting great at those! Not so much at actual achievements,...
  • What experiences have you had with CFL and LED bulbs?

    02/16/2014 10:23:31 AM PST · by EinNYC · 84 replies
    2/16/14 | Me, Myself & I
    Well, one of the 3 CFL bulbs in my kitchen ceiling fan light fixture has now burned out. The 2 still-functioning bulbs are candelabra-base dimmable CFL bulbs with the teardrop at the end. They lasted about a year or two. I am wondering if this burned out bulb is an opportunity for me to finally take the plunge into LED bulbs as a replacement. What experiences have FReepers had with candelabra-base omnidirectional LED bulbs with a 40W incandescent equivalence, in the 2700-3000K range (so it looks natural and not like the kitchen is under an interrogation light)? I heartily thank...
  • How Conservatives Lost the Light Bulb (and Got it Back Again)

    02/05/2014 8:15:44 AM PST · by rktman · 56 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 2/5/2014 | Gretchen Olson
    Average American conservatives, many of them self-associated with the Tea Party movement, are dancing a little jig, this time in warm light. In the negotiated draft of the recently passed omnibus spending bill, they got their beloved incandescent lights back. Many only realized after a Christmastime flurry of emails that the yellow bulbs were becoming illegal in 2014. In fact, the federal law which nearly made them extinct for home use has been on the books almost seven years.
  • Omnibus deal cuts EPA spending, ends light bulb ban

    01/14/2014 3:37:16 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 1-13-14 | Zack Coleman
    Republicans won several energy and environment concessions in the $1.012 trillion fiscal 2014 spending bill House and Senate lawmakers unveiled late Monday, though attempts to handicap a slew of Environmental Protection Agency regulations did not make it into the final version. The package will maintain spending levels for a review of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site, end funding for the federal light bulb standard and soften policies that restrict public financing for construction of coal-fired power plants abroad. The overall deal would fund the government through Sept. 30, preventing another government shutdown. Since current funding expires Wednesday, lawmakers are...
  • If you like your light bulb, you can keep your light bulb

    01/05/2014 5:38:17 AM PST · by IbJensen · 37 replies
    The New American ^ | 1/33/2013 | Chip Wood
    Actually, just like Barack Obama’s promise regarding health insurance, this one’s not true either. As of Jan. 1 (Happy New Year, by the way!), the import or manufacture of 40-watt or 60-watt light bulbs is now forbidden in the United States. This follows the ban on 75-watt and 100-watt bulbs, which had already been implemented. I wish we could blame this on the current Administration, but actually this assault on our freedom of choice goes back to 2007, when Congress passed the Energy Independence and Security Act and it was signed into law by President George W. Bush. Yep, the...
  • The light bulb ban provides a useful window into the mindset of liberals:

    01/03/2014 6:49:32 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 39 replies
    No Pasaran ^ | 01/01/2014 | No Pasaran
    Regardless of party affiliations, true conservatives have made the old fashioned light bulb—an unassuming household item—into a symbol for something much larger. But what, exactly? At the risk of sounding melodramatic, it has become symbolic of the fight between liberty and tyranny. The light bulb ban provides a useful window into the mindset of liberals. Here’s how they see the issue: energy-saving bulbs are better, therefore the others should be illegal. The pattern repeats itself in nearly every other realm: they determine the best policy, then impose it in a top down manner with no regard for states, localities, or...
  • Dems Close Borders to Stop Illegal Light Bulb Trafficking [Satire]

    01/01/2014 5:10:57 PM PST · by expat1000 · 20 replies
    The People's Cube ^ | 12/30/2013 | Komissar Blogunov
    “I am proud to sign this bill into law,” reverberated President Obama at a signing ceremony. “Border security has been a top priority of this administration, and we will never rest until our borders are secure. I never said that if you like your light bulb you could keep your light bulb, somebody else said that,” grinned the president in a good-natured joke at his expense. Looking over his shoulder at a small audience of citizens representing Democrats United for Limited Lighting (DULL), a young pregnant woman passed out, but was caught before falling to the floor.
  • Incandescent light bulb ban starts Jan. 1, 2014

    12/30/2013 10:49:05 AM PST · by Carbonsteel · 71 replies
    CBC News ^ | 12/18/2013 | The Canadian Press
    No rules yet for recycling mercury-containing alternatives A federal ban on inefficient light bulbs goes into effect Jan. 1, 2014, almost seven years after it was announced with fanfare by a then-rookie Conservative government. But the tough regulations are being watered down, and there are no federal rules yet on recycling a class of bulbs that meet the new standard but contain toxic mercury.
  • Countdown to lightbulb tyranny!!!

    12/28/2013 1:40:54 PM PST · by djf · 83 replies
    January 1st, 60 watt and 40 watt incandescents become unavailable. As soon as I hit "post", I'm out the door to Home Depot!
  • Time to Stock Up on Incandescent Bulbs Before They Go Out Permanently

    12/26/2013 4:33:05 AM PST · by IbJensen · 65 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | December 26, 2013 | Nicholas Loris
    If your New Year’s resolution is to change your light bulbs, don’t worry—the federal government’s here to help. Beginning January 1, 2014, the federal government will ban the use of 60-watt and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs. The light bulb has become a symbol in the fight for consumer freedom and against unnecessary governmental interference into the lives of the American people. 2007, Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed into law an energy bill that placed stringent efficiency requirements on ordinary incandescent bulbs in an attempt to have them completely eliminated by 2014. The law phased out 100-watt and...
  • The man who saved the lightbulb

    12/18/2013 5:21:49 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 16, 2013 | Jeremy A. Kaplan
    A modern day Edison has a bright idea: a way to keep the incandescent bulb burning brightly, despite a government law set to go into effect New Year’s Day that effectively outlaws the most commonly used lightbulbs. Most bulbs, that is. Not those made by lightbulb savior Larry Birnbaum. “When the government decided to ban incandescent lightbulbs, they left a loophole in the law. An opening,” Birnbaum told FoxNews.com. “What that was was rough service.”
  • No more incandescent light bulbs after January 1

    11/08/2013 5:58:27 AM PST · by InvisibleChurch · 86 replies
    wthr ^ | 11 8 13
    Starting next year, it's lights out for certain types of light bulbs in the United States. You'll no longer be able to buy an incandescent light bulb starting January 1, 2014. Under the Energy Efficiency and Security Act of 2007, signed into law by then- President George W. Bush, light bulbs must become more efficient in terms of energy used for generated light. That means incandescent lights are phased out. And you'll reduced to choose between a compact fluorescent (CFL) or light emitting diode (LED) bulb. For example, instead of burning 60 watts when you turn on the lights, you...