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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Will Incandescent Light Bulbs Go Away...


Will Incandescent Bulbs Go Away?

Will Incandescent Bulbs Go Away?
Will Incandescent Bulbs Go Away?
Written by Philip Proefrock on 10/09/10
The “last major GE factory making ordinary incandescent bulbs in the United States” is set to close later this month. Most incandescent bulbs will be banned from sale in the US in 2014, and many other countries have enacted similar bans on incandescent bulbs within the next few years, as well. But while the deadline has been set, and the manufacture of incandescent bulbs is set to end in a couple of years, there is a growing market for specialty incandescent bulbs.
Against all reason though, bare filament light bulbs are spreading as a trendy fashion in restaurants, as was noted in the New York Times earlier this summer:
…they hover in groups of two and three. …they snake through the cafe, restaurant and patio. …they cluster near the entrance as an enticement.
They are not the latest cliques of beautiful people, but something quite old and plain: exposed-filament bulbs, energy-guzzling reproductions of Thomas Alva Edison’s first light bulb. And despite the escalating push to go green and switch to compact fluorescents — or perhaps because of it — their antique glow has spread like a power surge.
Incandescent bulbs are like fireplaces, a vestigial remnant from an earlier time. They can be appealing, certainly. For some they are a symbol of luxury, but they are wildly less efficient than contemporary alternatives. While they may contribute to the ambience of a space, their operating costs are huge, and much of the desired effect can be obtained from other sources, without resorting to the use of a lapsed technology.
If you are looking for a warm, romantic, old-fashioned light source, you might consider the suggestion of one enlightened restaurant owner: “Just light real candles, you know?”
image: CC 2.0 by Jack Newton



At August 22, 2012 at 6:02 PM , Blogger Green Planet Blogger said...

I definitely think that incandescent light bulbs will soon be a thing of the past. With new emerging technology being both more efficient and more green, when prices of newer halogen or LED bulbs reach similar levels to that of older indcandescents, the elder technology will fall and become extinct.
-Green Planet

At August 23, 2012 at 3:33 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

They are stopping manufacture of them. LED will be a great replacement once costs are reduced.

At August 25, 2012 at 10:53 AM , Blogger Lighthouse said...

Light bulbs don't burn coal or release CO2 gas.
Power plants might, and might not.
If there's a problem, deal with the problem.

Light bulbs are a token scapegoat by politicians happily waving them around to show "they are doing something"

Many of us are concerned about energy, emissions and the planet.
But banning bulbs is an unnecessary Government interference in people's lives,
and the supposed savings for society are not there:

How bans on light bulbs etc are wrongly justified
13 points, referenced

At August 25, 2012 at 4:48 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Quite right. Light bulbs don't do much on themselves. LED bulbs are the future anyway once they get costs down.


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