In this episode, a girl
walks down the sidewalk when a strange, bearded, clandestine character appears from an alley way and confronts her. After capturing her attention, he opens his coat to show off a myriad of household incandescent light bulbs.
Why is selling light bulbs a shady business? In 2007, the sale of household incandescent bulbs became illegal, and it was for a good reason too. Incandescent bulbs waste a lot of energy and are much less efficient than any of the modern alternatives.
LEDs are the way to go
The initial low costs of Incandescent bulbs may seem appealing, but as it turns out, their cost increases over time as they waste electricity and raise your power bill. Modern LED bulbs last far longer without needing replacement, they use less electricity, give off less heat, and are often much brighter. Although CFLs use less energy thereby reducing carbon emissions, they contain mercury, which can be dangerous and needs to be disposed of appropriately. We recommend LEDs, as they are the bright future of household lighting.
Want some coal?
After realizing that selling incandescent bulbs is not so bright, the slippery con-man decides to change tactics and he offers a chunk of coal for sale. Why would anybody want coal? Although most modern households do not directly use coal for heat or light, America still uses coal-burning plants to generate electricity, releasing chemicals into the air that can be harmful to the environment and humans alike.
Make the brighter choice about bulbs, use more reliable and energy efficient lights like LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs in your home. If you want to know more about the light bulb law, this article by the EPA explains the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 in a way everybody can understand. If you are confused or unsure if you should to switch to LED bulbs, this article by EnergyStar highlights what this law means for homeowners. Make the bright choice, switch to LED bulbs today to save energy and our environment for the future.
Director: David Chai
Producer: Revathi Kotni
Editor: Keith Silva
Camera Crew: Eric Anderson & Mark Sho
Cast: Dustin Meyer & Grace Lacuesta
Host: Alejandro Garcia