Should You Say Goodbye to Incandescent Bulbs?

The U.S. Congress, in its infinitesimal wisdom, has decreed that incandescent bulbs shall be phased out beginning on 1 January 2014. The more efficient CFL bulbs (which look like twisted florescent tubes) and the more expensive LED bulbs would seem to be your main options for home lighting in 2014. Some retailers have stocked up on incandescent bulbs. Home Depot is said to have about a 6-month supply in their warehouses. But I would guess that supply will not last the full 6-months. Low supply at other retailers will quicken the pace of sales.

Is this the end for incandescent bulbs? Not so fast. There is a loop-hole in the law. A certain type of incandescent bulb, called “rough service,” will still be legal to make and sell after January 1st. These bulbs must meet certain conditions, including having 7-filaments (instead of 2), thicker glass and filaments, resistance to vibrations, shock, and power surges, and a much longer lifespan. It’s almost as if these bulbs were designed for preppers and survivalists.

These rough service bulbs are available in regular bulb sizes and wattages, and so you could use them in your home. Are they super-expensive? Not at the present time. A company called Bright Lights USA makes and sells these bulbs in the U.S. of A. The bulbs are called “New Candescent”, and they are available online, for now.

– Thoreau

3 Responses to Should You Say Goodbye to Incandescent Bulbs?

  1. There are a number of places in the house where the lights are turned on for a few minutes and flourescent bulbs don’t funtion well in this job. They don’t reach brightness for a few minutes and they are best left on and not turned on then off then on etc. For example I have flourescent bulbs in the garage and if I turn them on sometime during the day I leave them on until I go to bed. This is because of the poor functioning of flourescent bulbs in the cold. Yet if they were incandescent bulbs I would shut them off and save electricity. So it reminds me of the low flush toilets that are supposed to save water but in fact they work so badly that you need to flush them more then once to make them work. So many of the “green” ideas work badly. Another example are the high tech and expensive washers and dryers. I have to replace the drive belt in my washing machine about once a year. Costs $22 and is a pain in the butt to replace. Why do I have to replace it? Because the new “green” design requires a much faster spin to get more water out thus the dryer uses less energy to dry the clothes. Sounds good but the way they did this is with a very small pulley on the drive motor which over-flexes the belt putting excessive stress on it and of course the very high speed contributes to it pulling itself apart. So I save about $5 a year on drying and spend abut $20 a year to replace the belt. It’s hard to be “green”.

  2. The CFLs don’t last as hyped. I have replaced more of them than I have incandescents. I still have incandescent lamps installed b the builder in 2002.
    The crowd that shoved CFLs up our butts is the same gang that demanded we all get rid ou mercury filled thermometers a few years ago. Now they demand that we reintroduce mercury into our homes in CFLs. Look up the procedures they want us to follow if a CFL is broken. Some would have us cut out the carpet under a broken CFL and dispose of it as hazardous waste.

  3. The government has no business in this area. I wonder what’s the punishment for disobeying this. Let’s just hope that the “Newcandescent” light bulbs are better than incandescent bulbs.