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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Washington Post Sep. 8, 2010

Did you see the front page of the Washington Post today? The demise of a local incandescent lamp factory, thanks to the Energy Act of 2007 which is forcing manufacturers to create more efficient sources of light. Here's the link:

I can't help but wonder if this is why: "Jobs at the plant have been prized locally for years: They pay about $30 an hour." I would think it's pretty hard to be competitive compared to Chinese wages with that kind of average.

They have a wonderful chart that shows the legislated changes:

I know I don't know a whole lot about the business side of things, but it sure would be great to see the U.S. companies try to make some of the great new LED products here in the U.S. I personally believe that LED holds the most promise for a nice, acceptable energy-efficient light source. Every month or so we see a new brand or an updated product from an existing brand that blows away the previous generation of LED light bulbs. I don't think it's going to be too much longer until those bulbs get affordable enough and bright enough for the general population to begin accepting them and switching out to them. Or at least, I sure hope so!

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