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December 19th, 2007
“New Lamps for Old”, the Tale of Aladdin and His Magic Lamp (Revised for 2008)
By Dale Roethlisberger

Most of us know some version of the story of “Aladdin and His Magic Lamp”. The most important point in the story is that there is a ‘djinn’ (i.e. genie) living in his lamp. Today, we have genie’s living in some of our modern electric lamps. Arthur C. Clarke, author of “2001: A Space Odyssey”, once said, “any highly advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”. Compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) and light emitting diode (LED) replacement lamps are that kind of “technological magic”. You don’t have to know how it works, but both the economics and the environmental benefits of switching to CFL’s and LED’s are the future until something even more advanced is developed.

For example, while it may cost you twice or more to initially purchase a compact fluorescent lamp, that CFL will generally last 7 to 8 times longer than an incandescent lamp, and will use 1/3 to 1/5 the electricity for each hour of operation. We’ll leave you to do the math. Read the rest of this entry »

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