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Illuminate Your Interiors with The Next Generation of Light Bulb

September 19, 2012

3M LED Light Bulb

From incandescent to fluorescent bulbs most of our homes are saving energy with the new standards.  My big question is what are we suppose to do with the compact fluorescent bulbs, known as CFL’s, when we are through with them? I know they are supposed to last longer but in my opinion the cheap ones don’t last that much longer than their incandescent counterparts.

Most people I know simply throw the CFL bulbs in the trash, but should we?  Are there not harmful chemicals inside of these bulbs?  The whole point behind the CFL was to save energy thus have less impact on the environment.  Do they really have less impact on the environment?

Next generation of lighting is the LED.  LED’s are light emitting diodes. They have been around a long time.  Scientists have been working on this generation of household lighting for a while.  The 3M Company came out with their LED light bulb this summer and it is supposed to mimic the feel of an incandescent bulb.   Isn’t that fantastic?  I don’t even want CFL bulbs in my bathroom. It really changes the coloring and I’m afraid I will leave the house looking like Bozo the Clown.

So what is the drawback of these bulbs made with light emitting diodes? Well the cost will be about $25.00 dollars per bulb.  Before you start to grumble they last 25 years and they cost less than $1.70 per year to run.  I can think of a couple of places I could use these with the satisfaction of knowing I won’t have to drag out a ladder to change them for another 25 years.

I don’t know what the impact on the environment is to make these bulbs or to discard them.  I will leave that up to you to do your own research.  I do know we need to start thinking of products from their cradle to their grave and the impact that will cause.  From a design stand point I am glad to see our interior environments may again bask in the glow of more natural looking lighting.

Thank you credits

Wikipedia

Pioneer Press

EEWeb

3M

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