Did you know incandescent light bulbs will be banned on Wednesday? You’re not alone if you didn’t, 60 percent of Americans are unaware of the change.
Starting Jan. 1, the US will not manufacture or import any more incandescent light bulbs. Stores are allowed to sell out there stock, but after that, they’re gone.
The century-year-old standard bearer in lighting will go the way of the do-do after the passage of the “Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.”
These new “energy-efficient” light bulbs cost a pretty penny more than their grandfathers, although they seem to last quite a bit longer.
Another concern is the amount of mercury released when the compact fluorescent light bulb breaks, but again, “experts” have said it’s a minuscule amount and won’t cause harm. You decide.
If you are as irritated by the harsh, synthetic glow of fluorescent or LED bulbs as I am, there may be a workaround. One German company is marketing a light-bulb but for heat.
Called the “Heatball,” it’s the brainchild of a German company. It looks like a light bulb, it screws into the same socket as a light bulb. In fact, in every single way, it is a light bulb. But, since they’re selling it as a heating device, it’s not a light bulb.
Those of us still stuck in the good ol’ days can expect to be buying a lot of “Heatballs” in the future.