Crate and Barrel's CFL Lighting Marketing - the Good and Bad

I noticed my wife's Crate & Barrel catalog sitting on her bedside table.  On the back cover was an FSC logo designating that the catalog's paper was sourced from sustainably managed forests (not as good as being sourced from recycled pulp, but better than nothing).  Next to the logo was a picture of their: 

NEW Sadie Table Lamps Ceramic Bases; white poly-cotton shades.  Requires 150W bulb.  $89.95.
I was immediately bugged by the fact that they were marketing this with a dying technology.  Normal 150-watt incandescent bulbs are being rendered obsolete by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.  By 2012 they won't even be available to buyers.  Presumably the lamp will still work, but no bulbs will be available.  More importantly, C&B seemed so proud of the FSC certification; they have a whole "Eco Initiatives" section of their site, and links to scores of products they market as sustainable.   Yet here they were selling lamps with information about 150-year-old lighting technology--the most inefficient lighting available.

So I sat down to write this blog and criticize Crate & Barrel for hypocrisy.  However, when I went online to gather images and other information, I encountered this:
Bold, glossy ceramic base is hand-glazed in leaf green tapers inward in cool contrast to a white fabric drum shade.
  • Ceramic base
  • Glazed green finish
  • Polyester-cotton blend shade
  • 42W CFL included; also accommodates 150W max. incandescent bulb (not included)
  • On/off switch
  • Metal chrome finial
  • 7' cord
  • UL listed
  • Made in the USA
 I didn't look at all of the 168 lamps that came up when I did a search on "lamp," but many of them included a CFL like the one above and most of the others said "accommodates compact fluorescent light bulb (not included)."  No lamps that I found included a regular incandescent bulb with the purchase.

So, okay then.  Not so bad after all.  I would encourage them to make this information more obvious in their printed catalogs, but it's good to see that they are encouraging and even including more efficient technololgy with their products.

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