Dan Gross gives us the incandescent
light bulb’s obituary, mentioning only one problem with its replacement,
the compact fluorescent: that CFLs aren’t bright enough to help German chancellor
Angela Merkel find things she’s dropped on her carpet. He neglects to mention
the color issue (for some reason CFLs always seem to tend to the blue) or a
bigger problem: the lack of dimmability. When someone starts making warm, dimmable
CFLs, then I’ll buy the death of the incadescent. But not until. Frankly,
I suspect that the real incandescent-killer will be LED bulbs, not CFLs at all.