A Great Visual Retort to Michele Bachmann’s Light Bulb Attack

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Credit: Philips Lighting

Here it is at last. The best retort to Michele Bachmann’s (R-Minn.) war on the energy efficiency light bulb.

When Bachmann began stumping against energy efficiency standards for light bulbs – and in support of the old-fashioned incandescent – a lot of ink got spilled by energy efficiency advocates trying to explain what she was missing.

Efficiency standards for light bulbs aren’t about government control; they are about helping this rather doddering appliance out of the era of the horseless carriage, up the stairs and in the direction of the driver-less carriage. Amazingly, light bulbs managed to avoid innovation for near 100 years while everything around them changed.

A picture is worth a thousand words, but a good video is worth a billion. Kudos to Philips Lighting for depicting this mystery of the light bulb’s history. Take a look at the video on You Tube. It’s called, “How Many Years Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb?”

True, Philips is really just trying to promote its new products. But the video does such a good job capturing the light bulb’s staggeringly slow pace of change, it’s worth the mention here.

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About Elisa Wood

Elisa Wood is the chief editor of MicrogridKnowledge.com and EnergyEfficiencyMarkets.com. She has been writing about energy for more than two decades for top industry publications. Her work also has been picked up by CNN, the New York Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal Online and the Washington Post.


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