Don\'t Tell ed hammer what he can\'t do because he might prove you wrong. 40 years ago, Hammer, GE Lighting Engineer at NELA labs, was told hisidea new energy- Efficient compact fluorescent lamp (CFL)wouldn’t work. No one can convert big gas. filled energy- Efficient Lighting is ideal for ordinary desk lamps. But at the age of 70, a national energy crisis was in full swing. Engineers know that fluorescent lamps are much more efficient than old-fashioned incandescent lamps, and can reduce the soaring lighting costs of consumers. But there is only one problem; How did you make it? Hammer brainwave. He used the new pair in the lab. Spiral design, successfully curved 25 W gas A glass tube filled with a normal bulb in a curled shape-sized fixture. The next day, he brought a table lamp from home, twisted in the strange light bulb, look! \"I messed up and they liked it,\" he recalls . \". The only question is, what will you do? \"I told them they needed 14,000 glass blowers,\" he said with a smile . \". So the project is on the shelf. Fast forward for 20 yearsThe U. S. In the 1990 s, war broke out in the Gulf region, and energy prices remained high. A young entrepreneur, former AmericanS. A college student named Yan saw the opportunity; Why not create jobs in China with cheap labor? So he brought Ed Hammer\'s design to his home country and hired thousands of workers to bend glass tubes into light bulbs by hand. Company of Yan, TCP And then came up with a way to automate the process, millions of energy in a few years Efficient light bulbs flood stores around the world. A revolution in lighting was born. Ed Hammer and his first CFLnow courtesy TCP in the Smithsonian photo, IncHammer, shared the samelast name of Thomas Edison\'s chief engineer, today can But by the age of 80, he didn\'t even quit ( Check out his blog: drop the hammer). The soft- Speaking engineers are too excited about the future. He just kept thinking about new and innovative ways to produce lumens at a lower cost. So there\'s all kinds of energy on the drawing board. Efficient Incandescent lamps that will slowly replace old energy- The incandescent lamp was born more than 100 years ago. There are some new ultra-efficient LED lights that can last a lifetime and you may carry the bulbs with you every time you move. Led is the lighting technology that most large manufacturers such as GE and Philips are investing heavily in. Their prices will drop steadily, saving more for people. But just think scost- Efficient CFLs still have a bright future. He, along with other engineers at TCP, helped design new dimming and quick start-up techniques, eliminating some annoying issues related to curls The qued bulb he originally invented The new CFL comes in glass bulbs, so they no longer look any different from the traditional incandescent lamps. Their prices are also falling. - After they made the change, the consumer\'s small bill. The bottom line is that there is an infinite future for lighting technology. After all, people always need to see in the dark. One of the most exciting project shammer help designs has just started rolling out from the drawing board and into the store. The bulb is a new CFLs embedded in computer chips that can be controlled by computers and even simple mobile phones to squeeze the maximum efficiency out of each tile. \"This will completely change everything about low wattage consumption,\" he said . \". One of the things Hammer hates most is that he thinks Many engineers have expressed concern about mercury levels in CFLs. Hammer said that the amount of mercury used in CFLs was insignificant compared to the mercury alloys in most people\'s mouths, and he believes that federal agencies have exaggerated their health risks at home. \"The type of mercury used in lamps istoxic. It\'s ridiculous that some people are paranoid about them. This is another example of politics being more important than science. Ed Hammer and bulb tests at TCP Ohio Labs: Rocky Kistner/NRDCHammer says what people really need to focus on is overall energy conservation and environmental hazards associated with bulbs --- From manufacturing to landfill If you look at the whole cradleto- Huge cost of energy Efficient bulbs put their incandescent competitors in the dark, Hammer said. Although the cost of some materials such as rare earths has recently increased, consumers will still save up to $50 per bulb at lower energy costs over the average life of the CFL. But another benefit is that no one thought it was possible ten years ago. With the automation of new bulb manufacturing technology, more factories and jobs will emerge in the United States. SoHammer’s odd- No one can make a light bulb of this shape in the United States. S. 40 years of suffering can be a job creator in the United States. \"This is a better story in terms of quantity,\" he laughs . \". But the story is far from over. At the TCP lab outside Cleveland, Hammer and ateam, engineers, continue to develop new energy -- Save design and look for the holy grail of bulbs; along-lasting,eye- It can make pleasant light at a small cost. Here, the father of the CFL legacy continues to exist. His engineering efforts not only saved people money, but also reduced demand for more power plants. With this alone, the greenhouse gases of climate change threaten all of us. He has been working hard, Hammer said. \"There are a lot of art, science and detail in the lamps that require experienced business people,\" he said . \". \"I like what I\'m doing because it has a bigger impact on my grandson. Those grandchildren. - And future generations- Thanks to Ed Hammer for starting the light bulb revolution. One took a little extra engineering skills and creativity to prove that something could be done. The rest of us need his energy -- Technology that saves use. So that we can enjoy the light of sustainable development. filled future. After all, this is America\'s intelligence.