A Not-So-Bright Idea Placed on Hold

It is encouraging that the ridiculous incandescent light bulb ban has been placed on temporary hold.  But that is just part of the story when it comes to the government's social engineering of energy usage. The light bulb ban was certainly an annoying case that jolted everyone, got  their attention, and generated much resistance, but here in California forced energy savings have been going on for quite some time. In kitchens it used to be fairly easy to comply with these regulations.  The first switch had to control a high efficiency luminaire such as a fluorescent.  So we often had to add fluorescent under cabinet lights to the recessed ceiling can lights that most people wanted.  This increased cost both construction costs and overall total wattage, but it complied with the regulation. The new Title-24 requirements are a little more stringent.  Now 50% of the total connected Wattage in the kitchen must come from a high efficiency (poor color rendering...(Read Full Post)