A home is supposed to be a place of warmth, comfort, and relaxation. It is supposed to be inviting and offer much needed respite at the end of a long workday. Unfortunately, for a while, when people got home and flipped on their lights, they were greeted with the harsh white light often reserved for the office they just left. As flashbacks of late reports and accidental ‘reply all’ emails were triggered by this light, home was anything but relaxing.
Okay, maybe this is just a tad dramatic, but the fact remains that many people were very unhappy when compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) began replacing incandescent bulbs in their homes. It was said to be a matter of efficiency, but many felt it was a matter of the government sticking its nose where it didn’t belong. But now the office flashbacks will cease as the CFL bulb is no more.
CityLab reports that General Electric has announced it will be halting production of CFLs and turn its attention toward manufacturing LEDs (light-emitting diodes) which have plummeted from $40-$50 in 2012 to just a little over $3.