Friday, May 11, 2007

It's about damn time

An AP story on the wire today suggests LEDs will soon be a viable alternative to incandescent bulbs and compact fluorescents, too.

Incandescents and CF bulbs are of course the most widely available choices for most people's lighting needs, unless, I suppose, you count candles. Both have major drawbacks - inefficiency (while I was writing this post, I had a funny parenthetical - (Who hasn't used an incandescent light to warm a chick?)), aesthetically displeasing light, contributions to mercury pollution and climate change, that sort of thing.

As the story points out, LEDs aren't ready to take over as your garden-variety solution to home-lighting problems, but maybe in a few years, they will be.


Johnny Yen said...

I mentioned LED lighting in passing, in a recent post about Lava Lamps-- specifically, that Lava Lamps use the qualities-- the combination of heat and light-- of an incandescent, to work.

Johnny Yen said...

Meant to include that.