California May Ban Conventional Lightbulbs by 2012

     Under the soon to be propsed, “How Many Legistlatures Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb Act,” use of incadescent bulbs in California will be banned by the year 2012. These would be replaced by energy-saving comapct fluorescent lightbulbs (CFL’s).

     Incandescent lightbulbs have undergone little to no change since there development 125 years ago. They convert a mere 5 percent of the energy theyu recieve into light. Which is a trivial amount when compare to the 25 percent conversion of CFL’s. If this act were to pass, it would be another pioneering environmental effort in California. By 2005, CFL sales accounted for 5 percent of the 2 billion lightblub market. It is estimated that this number could more than double in the coming year.

     Use of CFL’s is highly recommended by the EPA. A spokesperson was quoted saying, “They save money and enery. They are more convenient that other alternatives and come in different sizes and shapes to fit almost any fixture.” CFL’s also produce 70 percent less heat in comparison to incadescent lightbulbs, and last 13 times longer. The California Energy Commission believes that the average household could save $40 to $50 per year if CFL’s replace the currently used incadescent bulbs.



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