Mentioning about tube amplifiers, the reason most of them were replaced was transistors took up less space than tubes, were more reliable, and transistors didn't need to be replaced every so often like tubes did. I wouldn't say tubes were replaced because of efficiency. In some caes, transistors aren't that more efficient. Tubes are still used in higher quality amplifiers.
I don't think things can "make sense" and be "ridiculus".
I think those concerned with saving the planet will buy the bulbs you want them to.
I think those not so concerned with the enviornment may buy the bulbs you want them to if they were labled with the lifetime operating costs, similar to how most all major appliances sold in the US are.
@Kevin I agree with your libertarian ideals. I think the US here is following in the path of European countries that are far more restrictive with respect to the environment. For example, Germany has disallowed sprays on plants for more than a decade. Major display gardens, like the New York Botanical Garden, are under pressure to be more "green" and have replaced all the roses with varieties that are supposed to be able to survive without chemical applications. I can envision the voluntary movements becoming mandatory down the road.
The undertone of sarcasm ignored, your radical suggestions make sense though may be ridiculus.
Here we are not saying that the govt should force everybody to changeover to environment friendly things - but it needs to lure the people towards these new things that are potentially beneficial to the environment by some attractive schemes.
Lightbulbs in the application of illumination are starting to look like vacuum tubes in audio applications. Some audio engineers just can't let go of tubes, whether it's because of their unique operating characteristics or they're just used to working with a certain type of component. Incandescents have their own adherents, and it's likely they'll have a niche role in illumination applications for some time to come.
Gary--thanks for a practical guide for the consumer. I'll admit I was a bit confused when I first started shopping for LEDs. And I thought I had a pretty good understanding of things from talking to folks such as yourself over the years about LEDs. I'll have to forward this to other folks that are trying to comply with the new guidelines before the government insists on it!
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
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You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
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Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.