- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 29, 2008



The death of Thomas Edison’s time-tested lighting device has been reported prematurely. Although Congress in its wisdom (picking winners and losers in the marketplace) outlawed sales after 2012, those who hate compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) will hoard incandescent bulbs just as postal patrons stockpiled “Forever” stamps. The initial cost difference is still too large.

I put CFLs into my most-used lamps during the past year. In the cooling season, they made sense. But during this heating season, I can reinstall the old bulbs indoors without guilt. Their “waste” energy helps to warm the house and reduce my heating bill. With the window blinds closed, even their light energy is captured as heat, giving a double bonus.

Readers, consider this before casting off working incandescent bulbs to some landfill.


Portsmouth, Va.

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