CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2007 |
Sacramento -- Enjoy fast food? Like to light up while you watch the waves? Forget to sock away money for your kids' education? Some California lawmakers want to change your ways. They've planted a crop of proposals this year -- "nanny" bills, as they're called -- that would: * Restrict the use of artery-clogging trans fat, common in fried and baked foods and linked to heart disease, in restaurants and school cafeterias.
February 24, 2007 |
A new light is about to burn more brightly: the stubby, squiggly fluorescent bulb. Environmentalists love it, Wal-Mart is promoting it and Australia is eyeing it as an easy way to save energy and curb global warming. Now, California lawmakers are giving it some wattage by considering a ban on the sale of old-fashioned incandescent bulbs beginning in 2012. The proposed switch represents a revolution in a lampshade, because incandescents account for 95% of light bulb sales.
June 18, 2006 |
Every so often, there's a brief span of years in which innovation comes fast. For building technology, the Roaring '20s was such an age. The houses of this decade were chock-full of new ideas that, quaint as they seem to us now, let Americans live more comfortably than ever before. The homes of the 1920s were the first to truly integrate electricity.
April 27, 2006
Re "New Signals to Light Way for L.A. Left Turners," April 26 The sad state of affairs regarding the left-turn situation in L.A. has puzzled me ever since I moved here nine years ago. Why does it have to be so painful to attempt a left turn at a busy intersection? Good people of Los Angeles, you should know there is a very simple solution to this problem, and it doesn't require installing expensive new signals: flashing green at the start of the green cycle giving priority to left-turning cars.
March 20, 2005 |
David BODANIS opens "Electric Universe" by imagining a global blackout in which minor inconvenience gives way, in a few weeks, to food and fuel shortages and a Hobbesian struggle in which, "with a world population of six billion, few people would have a chance of surviving." Having described the hellish withdrawal symptoms, Bodanis goes on to explain how the world developed its electrical dependency.
December 15, 2004 |
A New Zealand woman with Christmas lights on her house that play carols has been asked for an old favorite -- silent night. A noise-control officer told Robin Adams the carols coming from her decorations were too loud and asked her to turn the lights off, the New Zealand Press Assn. reported. Before the complaint, Adams said, she turned the decorations off before midnight out of respect for the elderly living nearby, saying the carols could become annoying.
December 15, 2004 |
After having festooned his house with 17,000 Christmas lights, Alek Komarnitsky wanted more than just drive-by gawkers to be able to enjoy the spectacle. He got his holiday wish, and then some -- his interactive website allowing Internet users to turn the lights on and off with the click of a mouse is attracting thousands of hits. "It's out of control," Komarnitsky said. Another website recently alerted users to his interactive page. "It said: 'This guy's website is funny.
June 3, 2001
If you've bought light bulbs lately, you probably noticed that plain old incandescent bulbs are in the minority. Today, compact fluorescent bulbs are a popular alternative because they last longer and produce more light. Until recently, consumers have been used to buying a particular wattage bulb, say 60, 75 or 100 watts. But that measure really doesn't apply for the new super-efficient bulbs. Instead you should start looking at the number of lumens a bulb provides.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2001 |
Gov. Gray Davis' visit to Estella Burnett's Venice home Saturday had nothing to do with her steps at conserving energy. She was already doing her part. But Davis asked her to do more. The governor stopped at one other home in Burnett's neighborhood to help distribute compact fluorescent lightbulbs as part of the kickoff of "PowerWalk," a program designed to encourage California residents to conserve electricity during the state's energy-strapped summer.