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CFLs, LEDs, ILBs?

Where "ILB" means incandescent light bulbs, as in old fashioned incandescent bulbs. We were told that they were forced into obsolensce the first of this year. We were lied to or someone got his facts all twisted up, because incandescent light bulbs are still available and there are even some fairly cheap ones around.

You see, they were not made illegal, but new laws concerning energy use are much more stringent. Maybe they thought an incandescent light bulb couldn't be made that would use less energy, but they were wrong.

So why should you use incandescent bulbs? Well, they're still cheaper, to begin with. It makes sense to put them in places where they're not used often. Also, clip on lamp shades don't fit over either CFL or LED bulbs and they're easy to dispose of. Another reason is that the light from an incandescent bulb is more natural.

A CFL light is in the blue spectrum, no matter how they try to manipulate it. It's the nature of the beast. Incandescent light is in the red spectrum, no matter what the outside of the bulb is colored; the true nature of the light cannot be changed.

What does that mean to you? If you have trouble sleeping, it could make the difference. Blue light is perceived by the brain to be daylight - when we don't sleep. Red light (as in sundown, firelight, etc.) is perceived as evening or going to sleep light.

There are some published arguments for CFL and LED lights, but very few for incandescents, and of course you need to make up your own mind. Just be aware that you do have options.

Published May 16 2014, 10:41 AM by Pat
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