the politics of energy efficient lighting
No so long ago, swapping inefficient incandescent light bulbs for
compact fluorescents looked like a no-brainer, didn't it? Well, it seems
that nothing is that simple. The early compact fluorescents were often
lousy; even the better ones now available cost enough to give one pause,
even considering the promised lower life-cycle cost; and the ones I've
bought don't seem to have lasted as long as was promised. And even such
mundane, practical matters have political implications. First Congress
voted to phase out incandescents; now it's considering undoing the undo.
Today's New York Times offers this five-sided debate
on the merits of the bulb ban and other energy efficiency mandates.
Builders and architects have to make recommendations on lighting matters
to their clients. What are you telling yours? --B.D.S.