How Many Australian Politicians Does It Take To Change A Light Bulb?

from the no-joke dept

A few weeks back, we noted that a California state politician was thinking about banning incandescent light bulbs in favor of more energy efficient fluorescent bulbs. Of course, we didn't understand why it needed legal backing. Fluorescent bulbs offer plenty of advantages in terms of using a lot less energy and lasting a lot longer. Some people still don't like the light they give off, but they're getting better all the time. Given some education on the issue, it seems only natural that people will increasingly move towards fluorescent bulbs on their own, without bothering with pointless legislation. However, apparently that's not good enough for Australia, where the government has announced similar plans to ban the sale of incandescent bulbs in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as cut household power bills. Of course, as a few people in the article point out, switching to fluorescent bulbs shouldn't really have much of an effect on greenhouse gases, so that's not the best reasoning. And, still, no one is explaining why this needs legislation when it's likely to happen all by itself as people become better educated on how they can save money with fluorescent bulbs.
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    William Burgess, 20 Feb 2007 @ 6:03pm

    Light bulbs

    I love florescent bulbs, and use them whenever I can. That said, there are some important points to know...
    1.) They don't like cold. While the newer ones will work in the cold, they take at least several minutes to get to full brightness. (Great for a dark activated post lamp, but no good for a motion activated security light!)
    2.) You tend to get what you pay for. Cheaper ones don't give out the light and tend to burn out.
    3.) THEY CONTAIN MERCURY!! They need to be properly disposed of, not just pitched into the trash! We need to set up a good waste stream and educate people before legislating to increase their use.

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