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Incandescent Bulbs

2013-12-28 00:39:24.624466+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

A Metafilter entry reminds me that manufacture and import of 60-watt and 40-watt incandescent bulbs will end on January 1st, following the phase-out of 75 watt incandescents in 2013 and 100 watt in 2012.

I know we whined about 'em back in 2007, and I'm sick of replacing the damned things every year 'cause they get dim so fast, but it'll be interesting to see what we get to replace them in 3 applications where CFL and LED bulbs won't work:

  1. Lava lamps.
  2. Easy Bake Ovens
  3. For putting in microwaves!

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#Comment Re: made: 2013-12-28 11:16:10.582662+00 by: DaveP [edit history]

Luckily for me, this was the year in which a decent 100W equivalent LED finally shipped (and dropped in price from almost $80 to $45 during the year). Between that and the box of almost a dozen 75W incandescent bulbs I inherited from my mom, I believe I'm set. But note that I already have multiple replacement lava lamp bulbs stockpiled, just in case.

I also have 40 linear feet of ultra-bright LEDs from InspiredLED which I'm planning to install as cove-lighting. Just need to decide which room I want to tear apart for that project, knowing that the second one I do will turn out noticeably nicer than the first.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-12-29 08:57:07.303868+00 by: crasch

Rough service incandescents will still be available:

http://www.theblaze.com/storie...er-found-a-loophole-around-that- incandescent-light-bulb-ban/

#Comment Re: made: 2013-12-29 14:58:18.173378+00 by: meuon [edit history]

And halogens and some specialty shape/sizes will be available.

I'm actually looking forward to relighting the house, and have considered going gonzo with a DC power system for it. Not sure yet. Like your other epic rant, making expensive decisions with possible lifespan of months instead of years has me cautious.

I'd like to do it in a way that looks nice, as well as makes sense.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-12-29 23:00:18.926333+00 by: ebradway

My front porch light would go through incandescent bulbs at a rate of about 1 every 3 months. I tried "rough service" and halogen with no luck. CFLs didn't have the burnout/break problem but they were very dim on cold nights and slow to start (even the "fast start" kind). I finally put a $10 LED in and it's been great. Lights instantly. Brighter than the CFLs. Hasn't burnt out or broken. It also uses so much less electricity that I could leave it on 24x7.