Shedding light! New in 2014!
Yes, Christmas is over and the New Year begins and the era of the incandescent bulb is dimming.
incandescent light bulb, with a ‘medium’ sized E27(Edison 27 mm)
I believe I have mentioned that Thomas Edison had a Winter Home just a few miles from where we live and the home and museum is decorated for tours with lots of lights and …..wait, no more incandescent bulbs! They are going the way of gas lamps and candles!
Contrary to my children’s belief that I came across the prairie in a covered wagon; the only time I use candles is when I am leaning to my romantic nature. However, I did see gas lamps used in old movies and when we go camping we use….and no, I don’t use kerosene lamps,… but battery operated lamps.
I am at the age to have seen many things come and go, the 8 track player and the cassette in the electronic world just to name two “oldies”! If I listed everything techie, I would be posting all day. 🙂
Yes, now it is LED and flourescent! The 100 watt and 175 watt incandescent are no longer made I am told, with the 40 watt and the 60 watt on the way out. So if you want soft romantic bulbs in your lamps, you had better stock up now.
Here are a few facts that I learned:
- Switching from incandescent is like going from Fahrenheit to Celsius!
- There is heat in incandescent bulbs.
- The higher the lumen, the brighter the light
- The higher the Kelvin, the bluer the light
There is truth to the heat of an incandescent bulb! When we lived in the cold, snowy mountains of New Mexico, we used one single light bulb in the little shed holding the water pipes. It kept them from freezing, believe it or not. We also used a light bulb when we were raising tiny, newly hatched little chicks…it kept them warm in their box until they were ready for the outside world and their life of laying eggs for my breakfast! 🙂 There is nothing that tastes as good as a freshly laid egg from one’s brood of laying hens. We had 12 laying hens and each laid an egg a day! (Most days)
Lightbulbs! The package I am looking at says this ecosmart bulb saves $1.69 per year, provides 900 lumens of brightness with 20,000 hours of life and has a 9 year warranty and does contain Mercury! Wait! isn’t Mercury a bad thing?. Oh well, the good news is that the bulb will last over 20 years!
Hmmmm, the down side of newer bulbs is some could cost as much as $50.00 a bulb, but they last a lifetime. Does that mean my light bulb will outlive me? 😉 I don’t know how I feel about that…..
I am going to go turn on every light in my home! 😉
Pete Kizer says
It amazes me that we can get rid of the terrible, horrible incandescent lightbulb, but we somehow can’t get clean water to every person (either in the USA, or in the wide world).
Yeah, I have to scratch my head about trading no mercury incandescent bulbs for the new kind that does contain mercury. Seems like we’re going backwards.
The LED lights are a vast improvement, however – I’m all for those. In fact, I replaced the rear lights on my Jeep with LED lights and now I can see where I’m going when I back up (yes, it does make one wonder how I’ve survived all these years of driving).
All the best in 2014!
So many changes in our lifetime, Kari. I remember the chickens laying an egg a day, or most days. Smile!