Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Signs of the Apocalypse: Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

 My favorite light bulb will soon go the way of smoking on airplanes.

 This study conducted at Tufts proves that humans are conditioned to respond to certain elements of their environment. Duh. In this case a bunch of college students exposed to a bare 25-watt old fashion light bulb did better on word and math tests than students who were tested under the traditional soul-killing fluorescent bulbs we've all been forced to live with.  While the head scientist is quick to point out that it's not the actual tungsten bulb that made these presumably beer-chugging-UGG/flipped collar-donning young people test better, but the image of the bare bulb ingrained upon our society as a symbol of bright ideas - I think that's total bullshit. It's the bulbs, man.

Tungsten light, while not nearly as energy efficient as its abomination of a predecessor - the compact fluorescent (and regular fluorescent), is aesthetically superior and needs to be preserved - global warming be damned. Oh, snap.