We've finally progressed to a safe, efficient light bulb that's generally available. It's been known for years that the Light Emiting Diode (LED) bulbs were the most efficient, but it's taken a while to create them so they can provide more than a couple of watts of light.
Incandescent bulbs use large amounts of energy in resources, manufacture and use; 90% of their energy use is from the heat they generate. Incandescents use all this energy and they only last about six months.
Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL's) have their own problems. We've started using them in place of incandescents because they use less resources, and they last about 8X longer than incandescent light bulbs. Unfortunately they also contain small (very small) amounts of mercury requiring them to be disposed of as hazardous waste. There is also concern about CFL's because they're causing allergic reactions in a small percentage of the population. The uncovered spiral versions appear to be the most problematic. Individuals with lupus seem to be particularly sensitive.
LED's have none of these problems. Then there's their longevity. At 8 hours of use a day one bulb can last as long as 34 years! Another interesting feature is that they don't tend to attract bugs like others do because of their color spectrum.
LED's are actually not bulbs at all, but little semi-conductors. They never actually "burn out", but will gradually lose their lumen production in their later years.
I'm sitting home watching the 2011 Groundhog Day ice and snowstorm begin its trek through New Jersey. It's been one heck of a winter, but I'm feeling a sense of happy anticipation. North Easterners know a cold snowy winter just makes spring that much more glorious when it comes. Call me crazy, but I've been feeling for a couple of weeks now that spring won't be late this year. I'm also eagerly anticipating publishing this new website, one that I hope you'll visit regularly to see what's happening in the world of natural health.
Spring's coming and with it comes the renewing energies of the sun and warmer weather, the bounties of our local farms and gardens, and a chance to realize the dreams of another year. For many of us these dreams include ever better health, whether it be improving our diet, activity level, home environment, spiritual practice or relationships.
Come and visit me here as the year unfolds so I can help you find the path you'd like to take on the road to natural health by sharing with you the latest on natural health and natural health resources.
As an added plus for you New Jerseyans, this site is being designed to be the go to place to find out about local resources for your natural health goals. If you have resources to share be sure you let me know by going to the Participate Tab above where there is a page for sharing resources. My goal is to make this the web's most comprehensive listing of New Jersey's resources for healthy living.
Here's to 2011!
NaturalJersey.com was created in order to have a place on the web where we can all share the great green & natural health resources in NJ. I hope you find it a never ending resource when you're looking for health-minded local businesses.