It’s Almost Lights Out for the Incandescent Light Bulb
Not many people are paying attention to this but by January 1, 2014 the only incandescent light bulbs left on the market in the United States will be three-way bulbs, plant lights and mini appliance lights. The last “regular” light bulbs – the kind that is nearly identical to the one patented by Thomas Edison in 1880 will no longer be allowed to be sold in the U.S. By the end of this year – December 31, 2011 – U.S. manufacturers will no longer be able to produce 100-watt bulbs, as the phase out of the incandescents begins.
The idea of course is to save money and energy, however, the lights that are replacing the old school bulbs are LED (Light Emitting Diodes) or, get ready, CFL (Compact FLUORESCENT Lights). That’s right, the lights you love to hate in retail dressing rooms everywhere could now be the only lights in your house. No more warm glow of Edison’s bulb. The harsh blue cast from CFLs or LEDs will now be the only thing you can use to light your home or office.
Many people are beginning to hoard the old fashioned bulbs in anticipation of the change. Others are looking to the Internet trying to secure an overseas source.