18seconds.org is a Yahoo! created website with the purpose of displaying the proliferation of compact fluorescent light bulbs across the United States, on a national and local level, while also promoting the change from incandescent light bulbs to CFLs (thus the "it only takes 18 seconds to change a lightbulb" angle of the site). I was a bit disappointed to see Los Angeles, with its progressive reputation, only ranked #268, with a total of 883,501 bulbs purchased since the beginning of 2007. But maybe that's because we don't need no stinkin' extra lighting with our sunshine filled winters! Or perhaps some of you are simply waiting for the green variant of the incandescent light bulb, the new high efficiency incandescent (HEI™) lamp announced by General Electric? We hope GE brings good things to life soon, since there are plenty of folks out there who don't like CFL's harsher, cold spectrum lighting (we like to mix CFLs and incandescent bulbs to mellow out the office lighting effect), and this will give them one less reason not to make the switch over to energy efficient bulbs. In the meantime, give the CFLs a try in your utility rooms...even a single bulb changed is a step in the right direction for the city, country, and world.