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Nice bulbs finish last

January 7, 2008

Fluorescent light bulbs could change the world. So why aren’t they? According to The Economist changing our light bulbs is the most cost effective way to reduce greenhouse emissions, yet we’re still largely married to the incandescent.

It’s time to end the bad relationship, and here’s how. Stand on a chair, look your incandescent bulb right in the eye and just be honest with it:

Incan, we’ve had a good run; you’ve provided me with light for years now, but I’ve met someone new. His name is Flo and he’s a really great guy, saving me money every month on my electricity bill. Don’t laugh, I know you think he’s weird looking, all twisty, but once you get to know him he’s really cute! And yes, at the beginning I had to pay a bit more to woo him, but he’s more than made up for the investment, while your low cost appeal is fading fast. And in the socket, I mean, he just lasts so much longer. He promised me a good five years, whereas you can’t even guarantee one. He’s considerate of other people too, not hogging all the energy like you do. In fact, he uses four times less than you. I know in the past I’ve praised your bad boy appeal, but it’s just not worth it anymore. I’ve changed and I think we’ve grown apart. I’m sorry, it’s not you, it’s me.


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shaun says:

Very interestingly put and very well written!

anne heger says:

Very cute, but you should have known; Flo is female!

Richard says:

Fun and encouraging!

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