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California Proposes Ban on Incandescent Light Bulbs

The State of California has once again taken the lead through its proposed How Many Legislators Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb Act, which would ban incandescent light bulbs by 2012. California Assemblyman Lloyd Levine is expected to introduce the legislation this week.

Incandescent light bulbs are inefficient because they convert only about five percent of the energy they receive into light. Compact fluorescent light bulbs, on the other hand, use about twenty-five percent of the energy of conventional bulbs and generate seventy percent less heat than incandescents.

Considering that one fifth of the average home’s electricity bill pays for lighting, the use of fluorescent light bulbs (while potentially, at least initially, costs more than conventional bulbs) means that the average consumer still saves money and preserves precious environmental resources—not a bad trade-off.

Currently the sale of fluorescent light bulbs constitutes only about five percent of the two billion light bulb market.

If passed, the legislation would place California, once again, ahead of the rest of the country in spearheading environmental change.

When is the rest of the country going to catch up?

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