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Australia’s Bright Idea


How many Australians does it take to change a light bulb? We will soon know the answer, since in the coming years, there’s going to be a whole lot of light bulb changing Down Under: The Australian government is set to phase out incandescent light bulbs and bring in fluorescent ones.

The move is a smart one, both environmentally and financially speaking. According to this Business Week article:

Legislation to gradually restrict the sale of the old-style bulbs could reduce Australia's greenhouse gas emissions by 4 million tons by 2012 and cut household power bills by up to 66 percent, said Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

It’s also a good thing, technologically speaking. A few of us here at Plenty recently went fluorescent, but we’re none too pleased with the yucky, yellowish glow our apartments have taken on. If these energy-saving light bulbs are soon to be the law in Australia, either someone will have to figure out how to make fluorescents a little more pleasant, or a seedy incandescent black market will emerge. Let’s hope it’s the former—somehow we just can’t imagine any great action movies about the underground light bulb trade.


Comments

I am suprised that Plenty, a supposed environmental media company, would refer to to compact fluorescent light bulbs in such a negative way:

"A few of us here at Plenty recently went fluorescent, but we’re none too pleased with the yucky, yellowish glow our apartments have taken on."

Apparently the comments were made without proper research into the lightbulbs, which are available in a bright "cool white" as well the traditional "soft white" of incandescent bulbs. In my experience with compact fluorescent light bulbs, they are indistinguishable in both colour and brightness from similar style incandescent bulbs.

I agree with Richard- there are many CF bulbs available and they are not ghastly as described. I am suprised! Also, the next trend is towards LED lighting - even more efficient and controllable while being more flexible. LED arrays can change color and they can be dimmed and other features that CF's can't. Now if we could just get rid of the parking lots lit up like the Astrodome so we can see the sky again!