Hot on the heels of several stories proposing the all-out banning of Edison's ubiquitous invention comes the news that they may soon be just as efficient as compact flourescent bulbs, and maybe without all that pesky mercury!
According to a recent GE press release, incandescent bulbs with an efficiency comparable to compact fluorescent bulbs could be available within a few years.
It's just a general announcement about the company's direction. "Over the next several years, these advancements will lead to the introduction of high-efficiency incandescent lamps that provide the same high light quality, brightness and color as current incandescent lamps..."
There is no product being introduced, or even proposed for a future release date. However, the prospect of this is intruiging. There is no indication in the press release of what materials or technologies are being used to derive these increases in efficiency. But, if they are able to make these improvements and, at the same time, eliminate the need for using mercury (which is used in compact fluorescents) and the need for electronic ballasts (which add to the cost and waste complexity of CF bulbs) then this could turn into a real bright idea.
In the meantime, keep swapping your old incandescents for compact fluorescents. And, for the future, my money's still on LEDs.
via: Inside Greentech
written by john savage, February 24, 2007
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