Ok –so I finally purchased a whack of CFB’s (compact fluorescent bulbs). Brought them home and excitedly screwed them into all my lamps.
It’s institutional in here now!!!
I know, I know –this is painful for me really as I have such a desire to do the right thing and I know that traditional light bulbs are energy hogs. However, there has to be a way to make the alternative a little less shocking on the cold, institutional glow factor. I should have expected this as the first thing that struck me about Cuba when I visited was the nighttime landscape exposed under the cold glare of countless fluorescent bulbs tacked or dangling from poles and porches –everywhere. I thought; who would ever want to sit under those lights?! Then; as I glimpsed the insides of these homes, more fluorescent lights glared back at me –exposing the occupants, caught under a flood of cold blue light. It really struck me as an uncomfortable vision.
Maybe it’s cultural and my mental connections with fluorescent images are of institutions and unpleasant situations depicted on the nightly news or in film. Maybe it’s because I am a woman as suggested in a Washington Post article I read here.
Whatever it is –I really don’t think I could live indoors with such a cold atmosphere. I believe it would severely affect my mood. It’s so all encompassing; the light we live in, and a drastic switch from warm one to a cool or downright cold light, must have psychological implications. So, I thought to myself could it really be that difficult to make a CFB with a warm glow to match that of our energy hogging tungsten light bulbs?
I found my answer here on this nice lady’s blog called: simply Green. Apparently the bulb of my energy efficient dreams is: GE’s Energy Smart DIMMABLE CFL
Apparently there are bulbs made to mimic the light of our traditional bulbs. Now why wouldn’t that be standard. I don’t know anyone who would prefer the cold light of fluorescent to the warm light of our traditional bulbs. It’s a shame because many people will not research such a thing and will spend money on a load of cold light CFB’s and then not try again. This is the real shame here.
I will try again –I am determined to do what I can and I am so happy to have found some warmth in the end.