100-watt bulb alternatives leaving people in the dark
News from Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

If light bulbs were cars, surely the Utilitech Pro LED 800 lumens light would be a 1958 Buick.

It’s heavy, fussy looking, doesn’t pack much horsepower at 60 watts — and it even has fins.

Still, as energy-guzzling 100-watt incandescent bulbs disappear from local store shelves in the first phase of a federal ban on all such bulbs — passed by Congress during the Bush administration and in effect since January 2012 — light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are in our future, whether we like it or not.

And some people don’t like it one bit.

“I am stockpiling those bulbs,” said Liz Farley, a Pittsburgh architect and interior designer, who has built up a collection of about 100 boxes of 40- and 60-watt bulbs in her Fox Chapel basement.

“I’m not real happy about this,” added Louis Talotta, a Pittsburgh and Palm Beach-based interior designer, who was startled to discover one of his Squirrel Hill clients had replaced the incandescent bulbs in his lamps with CFLs, distorting the colors of the paintings, the fabrics and the porcelain and turning a delicately lit celadon green room with chinoiserie wallpaper “a dirty, mucky green.”

“I stood in the middle of his living room, and said to myself, ‘What is wrong here?’ and my client told me he’d put in newer, more energy efficient bulbs to save money. I said,…………… continues on Pittsburgh Post Gazette

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