Monday, October 10, 2011

Compact Fluorescents: Past, Present, and Future

Compact fluorescent lights, or CFLs, have been steadily gaining traction in the U.S. marketplace, and will eventually replace old, incandescent bulbs. Although you may have only first heard of CFLs within the past few years, they’ve actually been around for quite a while – 40 years, in fact. This article, via the Huffington Post, provides a great history of the development of CFLs, which was essentially spearheaded by one man, Ed Hammer.

Now well past the age at which most of us retire, Ed Hammer is still involved in light bulb innovation, dedicated to developing efficient solutions that will keep our energy use viable. His latest pursuit? CFLs with embedded computer chips, enabling consumers to control their lights from computers or even cell phones. It’s truly inspiring to learn about someone with as much passion for their interest, no matter what it may be, as Ed Hammer.  “There’s a lot of art and science and detail in lamps,” he states in the article. “I enjoy what I’m doing because it will have an even bigger impact on my grandkids.” Hammer reminds us that it isn’t all numbers, watts, and voltage. We're pleased to be part of the continued march toward efficient and attractive lighting, and look forward to meeting your needs.

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