I'm trying to do my part. I've been concerned about global warming, fossil-fuel depletion and dsaving engergy since I was around 10. I've watched our nation ignore science. I've DVR-ed "An Inconvenient Truth." I visited 18seconds.org.
I took matters into my own hands and bought a compact fluorescent light bulb. You know, one of those energy-saving fluorescent bulbs you can screw into the socket for an incandescent bulb. The packaging promises that it "Simulates Natural Sunlight" has an "Uplifting and Bright Light" that "Enhances Colors" [all sic].
I felt virtuous and good until I actually screwed it in and turned it on. Now, perhaps a superior brand to the, let's see ... Feit Electric brand "Daylight 60" 60-watt replacement bulb, using only 13 watts of energy, might perform a bit better. But I have to say I'm a tad disappointed in this one.
First impression: Well, it reminds me of when I was in Budapest and visited the the House of Terror museum, located in the former headquarters of the secret police under both the Arrow Cross and Communist regimes. I could imagine prisoners slowly rotting under this kind of light. Or possibly being interrogated beneath it. Until the Styles Section tells us that Dzerzhinsky Square-chic is the new hottness, I don't see these becoming a choice in lots of homes. I sure as hell am wondering where I'll put it in mine that doesn't have me reaching for vodka and Elliott Smith albums within five minutes of turning it on.
Which sucks because I already combat global warming by voting for Democrats, not driving and turning off the lights when I leave a room. I was hoping to take another step.
Damn. Maybe I'll put it in the closet.