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Who says Light Bulbs aren’t sexy? umm..the President does.. July 1, 2009

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who says light bulb aren't sexy?

who says light bulbs aren't sexy?




Zoinks! Its me Dr Z! Pharoah of the fluorescent and lord of light!.. So now the President Obama is weighing in on light bulbs..The article below explains his commitment to us all getting better lighting.. But lightbulbs not sexy?? I don’t know what you see but they sure warm my cockles up!

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Dr. Z

President Obama on Monday announced new federal efforts to promote energy efficiency in the United States, through stricter standards on fluorescent and incandescent light and other measures.passed in the House on Friday.

“I know light bulbs might not seem sexy,” Mr. Obama said, “but this simple action holds enormous promise because 7 percent of all energy consumed in America is used to light our homes and our businesses.”

He framed the efforts as part of his goal to reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil through a variety of means, including through the cap and trade legislation that

“When we put aside the posturing and politics… a simple choice emerges,” Mr. Obama said. “We can remain the world’s leading importer of oil, or we can become the world’s leading exporter of clean energy. That’s our choice: Between a slow decline and renewed prosperity. Between the past and the future.”

The president said the new look at light bulbs is starting at the White House.

“Secretary Chu is already taking a look at our light bulbs,” he said.

Energy Secretary Steve Chu will also expand and accelerate the deployment of energy efficient technologies in new buildings, something that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act began, the president said.

He pointed to the state of California as an example of what stricter energy efficiency standards could achieve. In the late 1970’s, California enacted tougher energy policies, which the president said, helped create millions of jobs. Today, he said, Californians consume 40 percent less energy per person than the national average.

“One of the fastsest, easiest and cheapest ways to make our economy stronger and cleaner is to make our economy more energy efficient,” he said.

The American people, Mr. Obama said, “expect us to move forward right now” to create a clean energy economy.

To that end, the president praised the House for passing the climate change measure, which he said “will finally open the door to decreasing our dependence on foreign oil,” and he added, “create new business, new industries and millions of new jobs… all without placing untenable burdens on the American people or business.”

Mr. Obama said he is confident the Senate will also “choose to move this country forward.”


Ed Hammer-Father of the Spiral Fluorescent Bulb February 5, 2009

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Gad-ZOInks! It me Dr Z. grandpoobah of the Lighthouse. I included a a wonderful article on the inventor of spiral fluorescent, Ed Hammer. One of my personal heros. Enjoy!

Dr Z



The Prototype for our beloved Spiral Fluorescent

The Prototype for our beloved Spiral Fluorescent

Father of the compact fluorescent bulb looks back
By Michael Kanellos
Staff Writer, CNET News

May 8, 2007
Cheaper LEDs to light a green path?
January 19, 2007 Consumers with an eye to conserving energy may be snatching those swirly compact fluorescent bulbs off store shelves now, but 30 years ago they were barely a shade away from crazy.
“I was given a number of reasons why it wouldn’t work,” said Ed Hammer, a retired General Electric engineer who invented compact fluorescent while working at the company in the 1970s. “I was told it could be a little better than an incandescent bulb, but that was about it.”

Courtesy of Ed Hammer
Ed Hammer and the first
compact fluorescent bulb.
Critics said it couldn’t be done.
But by carefully spacing the
spirals, Hammer was able to
avoid reflective losses and
come out with a bulb that
could light a room. Instead, increasing energy costs have made Hammer’s invention a quickly growing part of the consumer market. Household CFLs operate on 13 to 25 watts of energy, far less than 60- to 100-watt incandescent bulbs, and thus have become a favorite with consumers trying to curb energy costs. The bulbs also last far longer than standard incandescent bulbs. Although the bulbs contain mercury and thus aren’t supposed to be thrown away with the regular trash, sales are climbing. Sales could climb further if legislation pending in various jurisdictions banning incandescents passes.

CFLs will face heated competition with light-emitting diodes, but right now the price of LED lights is fairly high.

GE assigned Hammer to work on energy efficient bulbs at its labs in Nela Park, Ohio, during the first U.S. energy crisis in the mid-’70s. His first invention was a standard-shaped 40-watt fluorescent lamp, called the F-40 Watt Miser, in 1973. To lower the power consumption, Hammer changed the gas used and tweaked various components inside the lamp.

Next came the CFL. Bulbs and fluorescent light, however, are not a natural combination. Fluorescent lights are ordinarily tube-shaped. Curving them into a bulb shape creates reflective losses, i.e. light that shines from one part of the tube gets deflected by a nearby spiral.

Through a lot of trial and error, he came up with a way to space the spirals far enough apart to minimize losses without also losing a bulb-like shape. Many manufacturers have tried different designs, but the shape Hammer coined remains dominant.

Hammer invented the bulb in 1976, he said, and primarily worked alone. (Editor’s note: the years reflect the time Hammer says he invented the bulbs, not when GE announced them.) The original prototype is in the Smithsonian.

Although executives at GE liked the idea, they decided not to market it at the time. CFLs would require entirely new manufacturing facilities, which would cost $25 million. “So they decided to shelve it,” Hammer said.

The electronics giant contemplated licensing the design. Unfortunately, the design leaked out. Others copied it before GE started a licensing program.

“That’s how it became widespread,” he said. Still, “it has been a big hit for GE.”

Hammer hasn’t done badly either. He has published more than 40 papers and was awarded the Edison Medal by the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 2002.