Lighting the Future
Time flies. It was only a few years ago that compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) were these "weird looking new things". Now they are everywhere and most people who look to the future are keeping an eye on LED bulbs.
Panasonic's New Compact Fluorescent Lightbulb
But that doesn't mean that CFLs aren't improving anymore! Their cost certainly has gone down with mass production, but their performance is also getting better. The latest announcement on that front is by Panasonic with the "Pa-Look Ball Premium Q" CFL (what a horrible name). What's special about it? It is a hybrid lightbulb that uses a "quick lamp" to help it reach full brightness about 50% faster than other fluorescents. It also has a longer life (rated at 13,000 hours, and 40,000 cycles). Only downside is that so far there's only a 10-watt model (which is equivalent to 54-watt incandescent). Panasonic develops new fluorescent bulbs that last for 13,000 hours, via Engadget. See also: Is Mercury from a Broken CFL Dangerous?