It seems pretty safe to say that when an electronic is easily replaceable by a readily available substitute which uses energy much more efficiently and performs at the same standard, then the less efficient product should no longer by manufactured or sold. A perfect example is presented by the light bulb industry. Compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) are now available which give off the same quality of light as traditional incandescent bulbs, while using about a quarter of the energy of an incandescent. Although CFLs are a bit more expensive than incandescent bulbs, they also last longer because of their superior efficiency. Because of this, the European Union has placed a ban on selling traditional incandescent bulbs, which went into effect earlier this year. There is really no longer any reason to use an incandescent bulb instead of a CFL, and it would be a great thing for the planet if the US followed Europe’s lead in regulating the efficiency of light bulbs.
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