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Jared Hartzman 1/26/07 Professor Reppy Science in the American Polity LEDs to the Rescue? Not so Fast This article deals with the development of LEDs as replacement for our current incandescent light bulbs and fixtures. While LEDs may last up to twenty years and use approximately one-tenth of the energy used in incandescent bulbs scientists say we still have a long way to go before LEDs become an adequate means of lighting our homes, offices, streets and warehouses. LEDs, as they currently are, seem to just not supply enough light to be feasible. Scientists, without having tested this, believe that the amount of LEDs to light up spaces such as warehouses would be so great that they would no longer be energy savers. If Weinberg were to read this article he probably wouldn’t see any “trans-scientific” questions. While he may see the
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Unformatted text preview: questions regarding the potential of LEDs as being able to be answered “according to strict scientific canons” and that this may just seem “impractical,” they can be answered most likely with little time and money. Because of this, Weinberg would most likely not classify any questions from this article as “trans-scientific.” Testing this would be impractical, but not because it would require loads of time and money, but because scientists seem to be able to answer these questions more on common sense then on anything else. They see the benefits of LEDs but realize that they do give off less light than an incandescent bulb or fluorescent lights which would mean more LEDs in a given space and in effect using the same amount of energy....
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