Studies in Hypocrisy: ‘Green’ Restaurateurs Love Them Some Energy-Guzzling Edison Bulbs


“It boggles the mind that in these times of economic hardship and interest in environmental sustainability that restaurant owners would choose the light bulb that uses 5 to 10 times more power than the other bulbs on the market. … You can’t on the one hand brag how green you are by serving organic beer and locally grown produce while you are lighting your business with the least efficient light bulbs available in the world.”

–Noah Horowitz, a senior scientist at the National Resources Defense Council, quoted in today’s Times piece about the (played-out) ubiquity of Edison bulbs in self-consciously nostalgic, assiduously locavore-ish New York restaurants.