Monday, April 16, 2007

CF Light Bulbs.. a move to the dark ages.. a victory for Greens !

Surprisingly enough, the Sydney Morning Herald actually ran a piece casting doubt over the federal government's plans to bring in compulsory compact fluorescent light bulbs in 2009. It would seem that the environmental fanaticism of the editors was outweighed by their hatred of the Howard government when they decided to publish this:

Experts' dim view of green light bulb

THE cover story of this month's edition of Silicon Chip magazine is a comprehensive bagging of the Federal Government's plan to replace incandescent light bulbs with more efficient compact fluorescents (CFLs).

As publisher Leo Simpson points out, most domestic lighting use is at night, which means it is "merely using the 'spinning reserve' of our base-loaded power stations.

"You could switch all the lights off ... and the base-load power stations would still be spinning away, using just as much coal," he says.

In a six-page analysis, Silicon Chip , the bible for electrical engineers, identifies drawbacks such as the fact that a CFL light bulb "takes about 10 to 15 minutes to achieve full brilliance"; doesn't last long when used for frequent short periods; can't be used with a dimmer switch; and can cause electrical and infra-red interference to the point where "CFLs can completely obliterate [radio] reception in rural areas" - and if you have a "CFL in the same room as your TV or hi-fi system, the infra-red remote control may not work at all".

Heed the geeks.