Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Lights out for incandescents

The government has finally decided to follow Australia and phase out incandescent light bulbs. About time. As I said last year, this is a total no-brainer. Sure, incandescents are cheap, but technologically, we might as well be using candles. Incandescents waste 95% of their energy producing heat, rather than light. Compact fluorescents are more efficient, last longer, and are much cheaper in the long run, while LED "bulbs" seem to be even better. In the long run, mandating more efficient lighting technology (while subsidising introduction) will save everyone money, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Which seems to be a very good reason to do it.