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Illumination & Displays

Incandescent bulbs return to the cutting edge

Researchers across the country have been racing to breathe new life into Thomas Edison's light bulb, a pursuit that accelerated with new legislation that included tough efficiency standards. Amid that footrace, one company is already marketing limited quantities of incandescent bulbs that meet the 2012 standard, and researchers are promising a wave of innovative products in the next few years.

For lighting researchers involved in trying to save the incandescent bulb, the goal is to come up with one that matches the energy savings of fluorescent bulbs while keeping the qualities that many consumers seem to like in incandescents, like the color of the light and the ease of using them with dimmers.

Full story from New York Times.