So I sit here in my wife’s office (a few minutes down the road from our house) on New Years’ Eve as we are currently without power thanks to the high winds hitting our area. I would spend some time in this post bemoaning our above-ground power lines and Pepco’s limited tree management (granted they get a bunch of push back from people who want the trees to remain) but that won’t get any of us very far.
Anyway, while I’m sitting here, hours away from 2009, I came across some interesting tech-stuff. In reading about this, one wonders why we’re investing so much money in inferior and more dangerous technology. Specifically I’m talking about lighting – CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs) vs. LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes). To date, LED technology hasn’t been economical or sufficient to supplant other lighting solutions for the home or office. But in reading this article, it appears that within a few years, we’ll be there…with a solution that doesn’t have an 11-step EPA dictated cleanup process. So, instead, tons of consumers are buying these CFLs at higher prices than standard incandescent lightbulbs and we’ll be left with all of these CFLs with mercury in them. Maybe not dangerous in small quantities, but taken as a whole, we’re creating a situation that with a little patience in technology, would have been avoided.
Be safe, and have a happy new year!
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