The orders issued from chief secretary Atul Kumar Gupta on Thursday have been sent to all principal secretaries, secretaries, divisional commissioners, district magistrates, heads of the departments, managing directors of public enterprises and corporations and chief executive officers to ensure mandatory use of Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) in all government buildings. The orders further state that out-lived incandescent bulbs should be replaced only with CFLs. The chief secretary has asked all the officials to intimate the power department about the steps taken by them towards energy conservation within 15 days. The state government has also banned the use of incandescent (conventional) bulbs with immediate effect in all new government buildings coming up. The orders hold true for all government buildings, government-aided institutions, boards, corporations, autonomous bodies and organisations.Let’s hope the government workers in Uttar Pradesh know how dangerous compact fluorescent light bulbs are. Let’s hope they dispose of their used CFL bulbs properly. Maybe they should send them to chief secretary Atul Kumar Gupta in Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh.
Send Your Light Bulbs To Washington
All light bulbs have usage advantages. People should feel perfectly free to use and enjoy CFLs and LEDs along with incandescents.
But pushing the use of any bulb is wrong: And CFLs are being pushed on consumers, in energy saving campaigns, in CFL replacement programs, and lately also via regulations, as the only practical replacement alternative, which also happens to be more profitable for the light bulb manufacturers.
"Hey, you can still use energy efficient incandescents like Halogens, and LEDs that show such promise!!" Certainly - as said - all light bulbs have their advantages. But that does not make them worthy replacements.
Replacement Halogen and similar incandescents are still different from simple incandescents in light quality and other respects, apart from costing much more for marginal savings, which is why neither consumers or politicians like them much. No "Halogen replacement program" in any American state!
Besides: All known general service incandescents including touted Halogens will progressively be banned on the enacted EISA 45 lumen per W end regulation standard. That's right. The politicians don't tell you that. USA regulations including updates on repeal bills in local states (legislated Texas June 2011)
LEDs meanwhile have still greater differences, cost much more, and have particular development issues around brightness, omnidirectionality, and broad spectrum light quality.
That is why the replacement push is to use CFLs - as also seen in post-ban Europe. Unfortunately, whatever the CFL energy saving advantages, politicians also choose to hide, obfuscate, or ignore the disadvantages relating to this type of lighting.Therefore this blog seeks to highlight some of these issues, with appropriate references. Not least of which is the issue of CFL disposal:
Improper disposal of compact fluorescent light bulbs is dangerous to your family and to the environment. In some states, it is illegal to put these light bulbs in your trash. It's easy to dispose of compact fluorescent light bulbs properly. Just send them to your Senator or Congressman in Washington. Or send them to the EPA.