Shanghai – Mumbai, 26th January 2010

Today is National Day in Australia as well as in India. As per coincidence I am on my way to Mumbai for some project coordination meetings. Ah, well…  🙂
While I am trying to make myself useful working away some backlog correspondence, I am watching a documentary on eco solutions.  One of the subjects is a report on the phasing out of the incandescent lamp. But the twist in this report is not so much the focus on the (compact fluorescent and LED) lighting technology that will eventually be replacing the incandescent bulb, but on a trend that sees people buying incandescent bulbs in big bulk purchases!

One store in Germany saw a client walk out with no less than 150 incandescent light bulbs and the store manager reported that the incandescent bulbs were nearly sold out continuously! I am sure this is a trend happening wherever the incandescent is about to be banned. So while on one hand there is a big increase in sales of the more carbon friendly lighting technologies (rightly pushed by government awareness campaigns), there seems to be a sudden surge in nostalgia with people stocking up incandescent lamps. That only less than 10% of its energy consumption is being converted into light seems to be accepted as a fact of life, people just like the pleasant soft and warm light it produces.   

I think it is safe to say that the quality of the new technologies is still not matching up with the incandescent lighting qualities people have grown accustomed to.  And as long as that remains I have a feeling that man will find ways to keep the incandescent lamp going. The human being can be very creative when in need! Recently, in a country where incandescent bulbs above 100W have been banned, the first 99W bulbs have already appeared! Watch out for other innovative ways people will find to keep the incandescent lamp alive despite all new regulations!

26. January 2010 by Martin Klaasen
Categories: going green | 2 comments

Comments (2)

  1. Mr Klaasen. I would like to say thank you for your blog, which i just discovered by chance whilst using the term extreme lighting on google.

    Its wonderful when people of your experince and expertise share some of their knowledge, so Thank you once again. it also looks like I’m the first to comment on your blog, 🙂

    I will be looking at it on a more regular basis now.

    Some pictures would be nice..(lighting balloons..)

    I also thought of posting my comment on this article
    regarding incadecent light. I am a LD in the entertainment industry ( big bright light stuff!) with power hungry units, but the prospect of not having incandecent light…..despite all its drawbacks, is a frightening prospect. I am a great fan of LED, its the greatest invention since the incadecent, and it has and will revolutionise the way the world uses is trully amazing, but I cannot imagine my morrocan tin lampshades with a LED source yet.

    Nothing will ever create the intricate patterns and projections on my walls, with soft warmth and mysticism, that a clear bulb 40W incandecent lamp can (well not yet)in one of the hand punctured shades

    So I better stock up on some bulbs to last me the next 50 years too…….

    Keep up the good work

  2. Dear Arto
    Thanks for your valuable comment! It is comments like yours that will help make this blog project a success! We have not yet promoted the blog much but it is gradually starting to catch on! If you surf through all the entries you will find previous comments. Keep reading and commenting! Cheers.
    PS: For the moment I keep it to text only, but I am planning to start a visual blog at a later stage.

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