Why Efficient Light Bulbs Fail to Thrive

Posted on February 8, 2009 

Why Efficient Light Bulbs Fail to Thrive

Reader response to two recent Green Inc. posts made it very clear that while compact fluorescent light bulbs are undeniably more efficient, many consumers find them less than appealing.

Affirmation of this dissatisfaction comes from an unlikely source: Michael Siminovitch, a self-described C.F.L. advocate and a professor and director of the California Lighting Technology Center at the University of California, Davis.

Mr Siminovitch said the technology exists to create C.F.L.s that are comparable to incandescent bulbs. “They can be configured and made today with great color,” he said. “They can also be dimmed. They can also be put together in such a way that they last for a very long time.”

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