Incandescents: Yay or Nay?

As strategies for energy efficient lighting continue to rise on the global barometer, so do concerns for the phasing out of incandescent light bulbs. Replacing incandescents with compact fluorescents, as one option, has the potential to reduce energy use by up to 75%, and as well reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions… but then there’s the environmental concern with potential mercury pollution and contamination being left behind by fluorescents. Oh, and there’s also the issue of lighting quality.

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The incandescent is deemed unmatched so far in the consistent quality of light it provides, while fluorescents, known to flicker, are thought to potentially induce headaches, eye strain, and dizziness. Hhhhh… what’s the consumer to do?

Without getting into either debate, this post was inspired by a comment left on my Pinterest ‘Light Up With Lighting’ board by fellow pinner, Jana Snyder. Jana asks a very good question… ‘What are people going to use in fixtures like this when the U.S. outlaws incandescent light bulbs?’

And to be clear, the US is only one of many countries banning incandescent lighting. Canada is slated to have the ban in effect by 2012… Click here to read more.

So without further ado, please enjoy this collection of beautiful clear glass light fixtures…

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So what do you think Edison would say?

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Well, I guess we can always go back to something like this…

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How do you think the design of clear fixtures will change with the ban of incandescent bulbs? Do you use compact fluorescents in your home? Do you like them? To read an update on what LEDs are bringing to the table click here to see what eco-conscious designer Samantha Pynn has to say…

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4 Replies to “Incandescents: Yay or Nay?”

    1. I hear you Jil! We’re trying the compact fluorescents in a few different spots, but I’m not loving them at all. There is no comparison to the glow and feel in a room that incandescent lighting provides…

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