February 4, 2016

CHANGE! Goodbye CFLs?

Remember when the CFL was presented as the Future of Lightbulbs? We’d all be thrilled to replace our archaic incandescents with high-tech CFLs. Just to hasten us along in the proper direction, the old bulbs were banned, lest people go all squirrelly and anti-social and prefer them to CFLs. Then came LED bulbs, which were A) better, and B) didn’t require opening every window in the house and wearing gas masks if you dropped one. Well:

GE just announced that it no longer make or sell compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) lightbulbs in the US. The company will wind down the manufacturing of CFL bulbs by the end of 2016, and it will begin to shift its focus on making the newest and most energy-efficient lightbulbs, LEDs.

Between destroying the incandescent lightbulb, championing its stillborn hazardous replacement, bringing you the current incarnation of NBC and MSNBC, ushering Obama into the White House and sponsoring Vox.com, GE’s really spent the last decade covering itself in corporatist glory. Take a bow, fellas.

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