Perhaps Walmart isn’t going to save the world with light bulbs.

Via Kevin Drum, here’s Michael Siminovitch of the California Lighting Technology Center at UC-Davis:

Consumers have an expectation that compact fluorescents will last a very long time — significantly longer than the incandescents that they’re replacing. This is technically achievable. Compact fluorescents can last a very long time. Unfortunately, I think we’ve compromised greatly on quality with many compact fluorescents and these things are not lasting quite as long as consumers have been led to believe. This is an issue.

Gee, I wonder which penny-pinching mega-retailer might be largely responsible for that?

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