Bye bye bulb-y

As we said hello to 2014, we said goodbye to a few familiar products: 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs. On New Year’s Day, it was lights out.

Like rotary telephones, record players – and soon DVD players – those energy hogs will become vague memories and collectibles.

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Used for decades in lamps and other light fixtures, the multiyear phaseout of the bulbs is now complete. No more traditional 40- or 60-watt incandescent bulbs can be made in, or shipped to the US. New more energy-efficient options for consumers include swirl compact fluorescents, LED or halogen bulbs.

The phaseout was part of 2007’s Energy independence and Security Act signed by President George W. Bush. The bill covered a variety of conservation issues to enhance energy efficiency.

Still shining through

I’m happy to report that the world’s oldest burning bulb is still going strong. Declared the oldest known working light bulb by the Guinness Book of World Records, the Centennial Bulb enters its 113th year of illumination in Fire House 6 in Livermore, CA USA.

While there was a blip in 2013, the bulb shines on. Check it out.

One Response to “Bye bye bulb-y”

  1. madasa_hatter Says:

    While I am not particularly fond of the kind of light that the CFL and LED bulbs generate, I get it that it’s time to move on. However, they need to invent these bulbs so that they fit older lamps. Can’t tell you how many I have bought only to return because they do not fit within the harp of the existing lamps. Are you listening manufacturers?

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