From both a residential and commercial point of view, the upcoming regulations from the Energy Independence and Security Act will dramatically influence the way we view lighting in 2012. For all of the right conservation reasons, my daughter Steph talked us into using CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulbs. I had no problem installing them in places that weren’t important aesthetically, but the color in the living room was a bit unsettling and I felt like any minute I’d hear,”Spill on aisle 5″.
Beginning in 2012, you will no longer be able to buy 100 W light bulbs. The reason for the gradual phaseout of incandescent bulbs is clear when you see how much energy it takes to produce the emitted light. Less than 10% of their energy is used for light output and the rest is wasted. The way we light our homes and offices is about to change and it looks like LED is going to lead the way. Here are a few great connections, if you’d like to read or listen to more about the future of light and the upcoming “Prohibition”
I think you’ll enjoy the Wired article, “Let there be LED: The future of the light bulb” and the related Wired Features Podcast. Additionally, Tom Ashbrook discusses the Light Bulb 2.0 on his On Point radio show. Here’s the podcast version.