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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Information on Laws Banning Incandescent Lightbulbs

Several months ago, there was some buzz in the blogosphere about the possibility of incandescent lights being banned. Ballastexistenz posted about it here. The BBC has since written about how compact fluorescents (the main replacement) can cause migraines, trigger seizures in some, and worsen rashes in people with photosensitive skin diseases.

Since then, legislation has been passed that will eventually ban incandescent lighting.

In the US: current incandescents banned by 2012. It does say that GE is making higher efficiency incandescent bulbs which will be permitted. That's more encouraging than what I've been reading elsewhere.

In Ireland: banned by 2009

In Australia: banned by 2010

Canada: banned by 2012

European Union: trying to phase out sales by 2009

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  • I have been using compact fluorescents for roughly the last 3 years, and they don't seem to cause any major problems for me, apart from not being as bright as the "equivalent wattage" they claim to be. The tone took a bit of getting used to, and i still slightly prefer the more yellow/orangey tone of incandescents, but not enough for it to be a problem.

    However, "strip" fluorescent lights are a different matter - they make me feel both nervous and nauseous. I don't actually know whether this is a physiological effect or my mental association of them with school/hospital/institutional settings triggering PTSD tho.

    The solution to both the energy usage problem of incandescent lighting and the health problems caused by fluorescent lighting is LED lighting IMO. Current "white light" LEDs are comparable in energy efficiency to compact fluorescents and likely to become even more efficient, and their light output is absolutely steady, with no "flickering" whatsoever (even incandescent bulbs *have* a "flicker", just at a speed too high for human eyes to percieve). I don't know why so few people seem to know about them, tho...

    By Blogger shiva, At 6:03 AM  

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