The subject of my column this week was light-bulbs.If you didn’t catch it, you can read it here:
The ever increasing pressure to go green in every aspect of our lives is no more present then when you’re standing at a store display trying to pick out a light bulb.I haven’t converted my lights over to the compact florescent, and I most likely won’t. I agree that there is an energy savings but I don’t think it outweighs the numerous other problems these kind of bulbs produce. There are numerous articles, too many to begin to include here, that point out the negative health effects (both physical and mental) from being subjected to flourescent lights, or god forbid one breaks and you now have to deal with toxic materials. They shouldn’t be proposed as a solution to families with kids. LED light-bulbs are in their way, but even more impressive were light-bulbs that incorporate speakers inside:
http://www.hammacher.com/Product/79931?cm_mmc=CJ-_-1414665-_-1492714_-Hammacher+Schlemmer+-+Redirect+Link Who thought setting up a sound system could be as easy as changing a light bulb. I’m sure there are several issues with acoustics and interference that will be a letdown for audio purists but I believe it is very encouraging to see the direction we are headed down with traditional socket bulb applications. Another is a light-bulb with wifi built in:
http://www.fastcompany.com/1754241/every-lightbulb-hooked-to-your-home-wi-fi-this-will-happen-soon So what to do with all those old incandescent bulbs once they have been abandoned you may ask? Jeri Ellsworth had a bright idea with her latest creation she built for Maker Faire:
What a great way to express yourself, and in more colors than just green.