light bulb evolution

The evolution of the light bulb, or how you save electricity while consuming fewer resources.

Much has changed in technology from the invention of electricity to the modern energy saving light bulb.

Have you ever thought that behind your light there is an electricity plant that runs on fuel, which releases waste into the environment, and that you breathe in these toxic waste every day?

From the time of Thomas Alva Edison to the present, a few years have passed, and the technology around the electric light bulb has been evolving by leaps and bounds. On the one hand, due to the need for better and cheaper lighting, and on the other hand, due to the environmental impact and that the light bulbs generally cause on natural resources when they are produced and then discarded.

Evolution of the light bulb

The history of the incandescent bulb or bulb is a relatively recent history, from the 24th century, and somewhat silent; We do not realize it exists until the sun goes down, and our activities continue. However, the modern world that does not stop XNUMX hours depends on it in its entirety; as industrialization has advanced, so has the focus.

The first incandescent bulbs, made of tungsten filament, had a useful life of about 1,000 hours; and little by little they were replaced by fluorescent tubes in the XNUMXth century. However, the mercury dust content inside the tubes el highly toxic to the environment, and when it is disposed of in the garbage and for sanitary landfills, its dust either turns into particles that travel in the air, or little by little they permeate the earth reaching the aquifer and water sources of the cities.

Mercury contamination in humans has serious consequences, and children are even much more susceptible, since it affects the development of both the fetus in gestation and the development of the infant's brain. Furthermore, in adults it affects the nervous system, causing irritability, nervousness and tremors, affects vision, causes vomiting and nausea, irritation to the skin and damage to sight.

If a fluorescent lamp breaks in your room, you must hold your breath and leave it for at least 10 minutes until the dust settles and you can put on a mask to pick up this hazardous waste with a broom and store the remains in a plastic bag tightly closed.

While fluorescent tubes save up to 50% energy compared to incandescent tubes; LED bulbs (Light Emiting Diodes), not only do not pollute, they reduce your consumption of energy consumed, producing the same amount of light in the same way, but they have a longer life of up to 100,000 hours, almost ten times more than fluorescent ones; So if LEDs are still a bit more expensive to buy, their cost per hour is much lower in the long run, they are non-toxic, and they save fuel in power plants.

So... !Evolve you too, recycle your tube compact fluorescent, go changing the bulbs little by little by light bulbs of low electrical consumption, save a good amount of money and conserve the environment!

Reduce your electric power cost starting with your bulbs replacing them with energy saving lamps, going through other electrical appliances and even your air conditioning. Use new technologies that help you save energy.

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Did you know that your energy savings can be even greater by checking the contracted power in your electricity consumption meter? Check that you have contracted a sufficient amount of Kwh in your home by reviewing the consumption in your previous billing period.

Electric service companies have applications on their web pages to calculate the electricity consumption of your home based on the appliances you have!

Some countries have state plans for free replacement of traditional bulbs with low consumption bulbs. Check your local pages and take advantage of these government stimulus plans.

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