Category: Random Rant


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That’s right, you read correctly. The old “regular” incandescent light bulb has just about finished its end, at least here in Canada.

I recently read an article that states that the Canadian Government will stop the sale of the old light bulb come the new year. Their plan is to force people to switch over to the still available CFL and LED bulbs which are much more energy efficient. While this is a great plan to save people money long term and the country as a whole, many people I’m sure are or will be up in arms about this.

To make matters worse I was recently at Ikea and heard an announcement that said that by 2016 IKEA will only be selling LED bulbs.

For someone like me, who is tries to be power conscious at home, this is a good thing as it forces me to buy bulbs that are much more efficient.

However I fear that for the majority of people, especially those who don’t know much about CFLs or LED bulb, this will not go over well.

People think that CFL and LED bulbs give off very harsh “fake” white light. That was true long ago, but now you can buy bulbs that give off light that is almost the exact color temperature as incandescent bulbs but at a much lower wattage saving you money, especially if you have a large house with a large family that have the lights on all night.

What most people don’t know, and what manufacturers should promote more, is that on most CFL and LED packaging they have facts and comparisons that look much like the nutritional facts on food. They will tell you how many lumens (how bright) the bulb is and compare that to a regular bulb so you can find a proper replacement. Also more and more packaging for these new bulbs are color coded to show you what color light they will give off. Some have a blue, yellow or white piece on them (usually covering one corner) to help you in replacing that old incandescent bulb perfectly.

Like I said I think that this is a great thing for Canada as it will vastly reduce power costs as a whole for the country over the next year or two as the old bulbs burn out and become unavailable to buy. And the fact that IKEA is going one step further and promising to only sell LEDs by 2016 is amazing as they probably sell more fixtures and bulbs than most if not all store, maybe combined. But I really hope that the manufacturers as well as the government choose to help people better understand how newer CFL and LED bulbs look, how long they last, costs per bulb/cost per year and wattage comparisons as well as how to find the proper color temperature. If they don’t, we might possibly see a fairly large outcry about this once the new year begins.

To help in my own way for the people who read this, please look at the two comparisons below.

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Richard
@riche613

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As many of you I’m sure know from reading one of my previous blogs about my daughters birth, I am now a father of two. I have a two year old son and now a new born daughter. As with a vast majority of people I decided that when we had our first child I needed a car. Something economical, safe, and also versatile with room for not only people, but all the new stuff I would need to haul around as a parent. So when my wife and I went car shopping we decided on a Toyota Prius.

The Prius in many ways is the perfect small family car. It has amazing fuel economy, plenty of room in the back for kids, friends or family and because it is a hatchback and the seats fold 60/40, a ton of room for stuff. But now as I venture into the world of having two kids I find myself needing, or rather knowing that I will need, more space. I know that within the next few years I will not only need more room to carry cargo but also people. When my son and or daughter start getting into school or sports I’m sure I will be carting around friends, and at the moment with two car seats in the back, carting anyone in the back who isn’t as thin as a model is a tough sell.

And of coarse that got me thinking of a minivan. Sure I could opt for something like the Prius V or another wagon. But the mini van is so versatile and has so much room that they are hard to beat as a family hauler.

Then, recently my wife’s uncle and his family went minivan shopping. And as I talked to him about what the options were, it occurred to me that there aren’t as many mini vans out there as there used to be.

As a child that was born in the 80s around the same time the mini van was, I grew up seeing mini vans everywhere. It seemed to me as a kid that one if not two of every five cars was a van. But these days you don’t see as many, well at least not new ones anyway. The family hauler has changed for some reason. Now it seems that more companies are putting their efforts into SUVs and crossovers than minivans, and personally I think that minivans are the way to go for a family.

One of the main reasons that I think the minivan is really the best option is the sliding door. Its really the best option for small spaces or even for getting car seats in and out as they give you far more room than a regular door could. Another reason is price. For the most part it seems to me that vans are much more affordable than other options out there and give you more seats, space and cargo room for your money.

If the mini van is to come back I think there is one area that it seems every other company and type of car has moved into that the mini van has been left out of for no apparent reason: Hybrids. You can get everything from a compact, full size or even SUVs and crossovers as a hybrid option but in my research the only place you can get a hybrid mini van is in Japan and it starts at just over $50,000. I have no idea why they would not make a hybrid mini van. To me it seems like a no brainer. They have the room to put the batteries and if you are pulling around your family and their stuff why not get the best mpg while doing it.

I can tell you one thing for sure though, if I ever move closer to my job or the city, or can get a second car, it will be a mini van. Whether or not i can get a hybrid version ( and trust me, if i can i will), there is just something about them for a family that is just so much better in my view than a large SUV. And really, when was the last time you saw a Suburban with Stow-and-go seats?

Richard
@Riche_613