Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Twilight Zone

The "How Many Legislators Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb Act" would ban incandescent lightbulbs by 2012 in favor of energy-saving compact fluorescent lightbulbs.
Ah, fluorescent lightbulbs, is there anything they can't do? I mean, besides not lighting up the room worth a damn. "But they use less electricity! And we've got scented candles for light."

California, the land of dim bulbs.


PGP said...

Note to California Politicians:
Get off your ass and build power plants!

Eagle said...

I have to say, I do like these whacky-swirly lightbulbs. (not because they save energy, if anything, that is a reason to reject them). But they give off a whiter light. An engineer friend of mine said that these bulbs give off light in a very wide spectrum (thus the appearance of light which is whiter than your typical bulb). When I tell my moonbat associates that I like them because of their glow, they look at me with that confused expression. Apparently, one is not supposed to enjoy technology, but rather one must use it to serve their Gaian Goddess. Or something like that.

PGP said...

News flash....fluorescents give off a narrower spectrum of wavelengths than incandescents!
Hence the harsh sterility of their light which BTW has been shown to be less beneficial than other sources.
Fluorescents actually give off UV at harmful levels but that is blocked by the coating in the tube.

lumberjack said...

I don't know about spectrum, but none of the ones I've seen put out enough light. I stuck one on a back porch once and we had to get seeing-eye dogs for the moths.

Wrymouth said...

One wonders, idly, if the resources consumed in producing the bulbs are more than offset by the savings in electricity.

I use them outside and in hard-to-reach places. But any woman will tell you -- especially if said woman is your wife -- that the light is too "harsh" and it makes putting on make-up a pain.

I can detect the minute flickers in the brightness, and it perturbs me when I think about it too much.

But, perhaps one day they'll get a nice, sunshiny warm glow from these. It could happen.

In the meantime, are you sure these are California reps? I thought ours were all wrapped up in banning disagreeable acts of parenting -- er, spanking children.

Eagle said...

I stand corrected. (And I'm gonna have a good speak with my engineer friend.) I found a couple sources which say the spectrum is smaller, just like you said. Thanks for the update/wake-up-slap! Although, I will say that I do like the light which they emit. (But that is subjective, and I am not lighting anything particularly large.).