Like it or not, energy-saver light bulbs are about to become the next big thing. Starting next year, lighting manufacturers will begin a government-sanctioned phase out of incandescent bulbs that don't meet new efficiency …
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When it was announced in January last year that the European Union was banning incandescent light bulbs – the ones we’ve traditionally been used to – a lot of people in Britain were hopping mad (please note I resisted the temptation to say ‘incandescent with rage’). They didn’t like those new fangled compact fluorescent (CFL) energy saving light bulbs, not least because it was someone in Brussels trying to shove them down our throats, screw them in place and light up our mouths with them! (Not literally of course). But for one thing, they come in funny shapes that stick out of the top of lamp shades, and they don’t shine as brightly as proper light bulbs, and they have to warm up before they get to full brightness – surely that’s a step in the wrong direction!
All this fuss led to a light bulb buying frenzy, with people stocking up on traditional light bulbs, and the Daily Mail newspaper even giving away 25,000 incandescent light bulbs to its readers! But despite all this commotion, energy saving light bulbs were here to stay, so thank goodness someone took up the challenge to make them better! Witnessing the outrage felt by the people of Britain at being force fed oddly shaped bulbs (not literally), the nice people at Ledon had a bright idea, a light bulb moment you might say (groan). And so they set out to replace the CFL energy saving light bulbs with something better, which is why they created… fanfare moment… the LED light bulb.
Not only are Ledon LED bulbs shaped like, well, like light bulbs, they whack out their full brightness the instant they are switched on – so at least we are back to where we started! But then there’s a whole bunch of other reasons to think LED bulbs are the bees knees. They are far more efficient than long life incandescent bulbs, at least 85 per cent more in fact. You can expect an average lifespan of 25,000 hours for LED light bulbs. That means that with typical usage your LED light bulb could have a lifespan of 25 years! It would last nearly three years without ever turning it off, if you are so inclined, although switching it on and off does nothing to shorten the lifespan of this amazing bulb. They also use five times less energy than the old bulbs!
LED light bulbs are also much more efficient than those CFL energy saving light bulbs everyone hates. While a CFL bulb might last 8-15 times longer than an incandescent bulb, its lifespan will be significantly shortened if it is switched on and off regularly. In comparison, an LED bulb can be switched on and off as often as you like, and it will still last 20 times as long as a traditional bulb. CFL bulbs contain mercury, which is bad for us and makes disposal more difficult, but LED light bulbs contain nothing but goodness and light, errr, probably. OK, the science part isn’t important, but they certainly don’t have anything nasty in them, and you won’t have to worry about disposal anyway because they will probably last longer than you do. Light quality is as good as traditional incandescent bulbs, and there are no health issues associated with LED bulbs, unlike CFLs which have been known to cause adverse affects on people with epilepsy, migraine sufferers, people with lupus and even autism. So the basic message is this – the only bright thing to do is get LED light bulbs in your home.
By Tim Garmo
Denver 17 @ San Diego 31
Neither team is playing for anything. San Diego, after last week lost is eliminated from playoff contention, while Denver is locked into the number two seed in the AFC. So Denver won’t play its starters, while San Diego will. Look for San Diego to easily take this game.
NY Giants 35 @ Oakland 13
This is a must win for the Giants. They need this to secure the division title. Look for Ely Mannining to have a great day against the mediocre Oakland defense. Oakland hasn’t played good ball at all this year, so this one should be over early.
Carolina 27 @ Atlanta 10
Don’t look for Atlanta to do anything on offense. Mike Vick has had a horrible year passing. When the two team met in week 13, Atlanta was held to just 6 points and Vick threw for just 171 yards, zero TDs, and two INTs. Really, Atlanta has no chance. Steve Smith will grab a few TDs.
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Baltimore 10 @ Cleveland 13
Not going to be a fun game to watch. Two teams playing in a meaningless game. I think Cleveland will rebound after getting killed 41-0 in week 16 against the Pittsburg. Look for this game to be close, perhaps overtime.
Arizona 17 @ Indianapolis 34
Manning, Harrison, James, Wayne, and Freeny don’t even have to play a snap for Indianapolis to smoke Arizona. How many of you can actually name 5 players on Arizona’s team. Let’s see Kurt Warner, Fitzgerald, Boldin, Shipp . . . I can’t even do it and I’m a sports writer. Manning should play a couple of series and then Sorgi will come in who looked pretty good last week against Seattle.
Cincinnati 31 @ Kansas City 34
Expect a lot of offense in this game, although Kansas City will win. I believe this is a match up of a team that is not as good as their records (Cincinnati 11-4) and a team better then their record (Kansas City 9-6). This game means every thing fro Kansas City. They need to win just for a shot at the playoffs. (They would need Detroit to beat Pittsburgh in addition to the victory)
Miami 23 @ New England 24
Watch out, Miami has won five in a row and now have an 8-7 record. Imagine if they were in the NFC they be in the playoff hunt. This is a match up of two of the hottest team, look the for an Adam Vinatieri field goal to be the game winner. Ricky Williams had 172 rushing yards last week; watch out for them next year.
Buffalo 21 @ NY Jets 10
Buffalo is coming of an amazing upset win in Cincinnati, do why can’t they do it in New York. No Curtis Martin, where do the jets go on offense?
Detroit 10 @ Pittsburgh 31
I sure this is bad news for Kansas City fans, but the bus, Jerome Bettis will run all over Detroit. This game has huge playoff implication, so Detroit will look to play the role of spoiler. However, it took a last second field goal, at home, against the lonely Saints to win last week, so Kansas City will go home.
New Orleans 6 @ Tampa Bay 34
At the begging of the year, New Orleans main players were McAllister, Brooks, and Horn. None of the three have done anything this year. Tampa Bay will have their way with the New Orleans defense, whose only practice field is on a high school football field.
Seattle 20 @ Green Bay 28
Something tells me Brett Favre will get his magic back this game, because it could be his last. In the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field, against his former coach Favre will have his best game of the season. Oh yeah, this game means nothing to Seattle who will bench their starters.
Tennessee 13 @ Jacksonville 27
It looks like Leftwich will return for a playoff tune-up, although his action will be limited. Not much you can say. Jacksonville is just a better team. The defense won’t allow anything to Tennessee.
Houston 21 @ San Francisco 10
Come on Alex Smith, you still haven’t thrown one TD, which is hard to believe when you consider LT has thrown three and he’s a RB. Houston doesn’t really want to win. Houston has two wins and San Fran has three wins, so if Houston looses they get 1st pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. If San Francisco looses, they will have an equal record which means it will come down to the tie-breaker.
Chicago 17 @ Minnesota 10
This game means nothing to either team. Minnesota blundered a golden opportunity by loosing to Baltimore last Sunday Night so look for Chicago’s to stop Brad Johnson, and Chicago’s offense to score just enough.
Washington 30 @ Philadelphia 14
Washington has been playing great lately, winning five straight. This season, well literally could not have gone any worse for Philadelphia. Santana Moss will catch a few bombs and Washington will pack their bags for the playoffs.
St. Louis 13 @ Dallas 24
The last game of the regular season, and it should be an easy win for the Cowboys who are rolling after last weeks win. Terry Glenn has been reborn this year and put up amazing numbers. The Rams still don’t have Bulger so their offense won’t do much.
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The phasing out of incandescent light bulbs in the EU is due to end in 2011 and many people are worried about giving up their beloved bulbs. However, in this article I will detail some of the common myths that are associated with energy saving light bulbs and tell you the facts so you can make an informed decision.
Myth: Energy saving bulbs do not produce the same light output as traditional bulbs.
Fact: Today energy savers can easily replicate the light output of traditional bulbs using around a fifth of the power. LED bulbs are also becoming more powerful and the new generation are able to produce the same amount of lumens as halogen bulbs.
Myth: Energy saving bulbs are ugly and don’t look good in some of my fittings.
Fact: Energy savers are now available in all traditional bulb styles including classic, candle and spotlights, meaning they will fit in some of your most ornate fittings.
Myth: Energy saving bulbs are not environmentally friendly as they use mercury which is a hazardous material.
Fact: New energy savers use a mercury substitute called amalgam, this is completely safe to handle, transport and store and it is of no risk to either humans or the environment. There is also a recycling charge included in the price of the bulb making them far more environmentally friendly than traditional bulbs.
Myth: Energy saving bulbs trigger epileptic fits.
Fact: A small number of cases have been reported with the older models, however these were never verified. The new models run at a higher frequency and do not have any know health impact.
Myth: Energy saving bulbs don’t light up straight away.
Fact: The new models of energy saving bulbs have an almost instant switch on time and will reach their full brightness straight away. The delay in earlier models was caused by ignition of the gas inside the bulb.
Myth: Energy saving bulbs do not produce the right coloured light.
Fact: Advancements in technology mean that lighting manufacturers can now replicate the light colour of traditional incandescent bulbs. A recent study showed that only 50% of people can tell the difference between energy savers and incandescent bulbs (Pepsi Challenge, EST, 2008).
Myth: Energy saving bulbs will not fit some of my light fittings.
Fact: Today energy savers are available in all four traditional caps (bayonet, edison screw, small bayonet and small edison screw) as well as GU10, MR16 and PAR fittings.
Myth: Energy saving bulbs will not work with dimmer switches.
Fact: New models of energy saving bulbs are available with dimming capabilities
When energy saving light bulbs were first available many believed that they were no substitute for incandescent lighting however technological advancements have ensured that they can match incandescent bulbs in looks and capabilities while being five times more efficient. I hope this article has helped to dispel some myths about energy saving lighting and you can make an informed decision about your lighting needs.
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