Last night I was shopping for night lights, & after reading the terrible reviews re LED’s that peter out in short measure more often than not, & are NOT anywhere good for their claimed 100,000 hours, & that they are cheap & shoddily made IN CHINA mostly, I said, Forget That! & went looking for a good ol’ Thomas Edison incandescent night light… Some nice ones here:

(I have never liked flourescents either, they make my eyes go buggy when reading hardcopy; & I sure don’t want the expensive spiral CFL mercury-filled bulbs either.)

And then I ran across this page re the fact that Bush had outlawed incandescent bulbs by 2012!  I never even realized that.  Insanity!  I’m going to buy a THOUSAND Edison bulbs between now & 2012 & stock up!  (Bulbs for Lamps, Nightlights, Refrigerator, Microwave, etc.)  Grr, this really irks me!  Unbelievable.  Are they going to send Green Police to your house in 2014 to make sure you are not using Edison bulbs? :-/

2012:  No more 100-watt bulbs
2013:  No more 75-watt bulbs
2014:  No more 40 & 60-watt bulbs

Bulbs they WANT us to buy = $57!!!


And read this comment… 

Incandescent vs. The New Bulbs, Which is Really More Environmentally-Friendly?



Incandescent Bulbs contain a VACUUM, and TUNGSTEN filliments, glass, brass chrome and copper. 

Nothing Environmentally HARMFUL in and of themselves! 

Fluorescent Bulbs/Tubes, on the other hand contain MERCURY, and other environmentally hazardous elements/ components. 

The new LEDs being touted as energy efficient are of extremely low quality, their lifespan is overstated by miles! 

If Incandescent Bulbs are outlawed, then the only options are cheap shoddy products, mostly from CHINA, that are short lived, or contain toxic, environmentally hazardous chemicals! 

Incandescent Bulbs can be made from 100% recycled Materials! 

LEDs and Fluorescent Bulbs/Tubes CANNOT! 

Incandescent Bulbs can be recycled many times! 

Incandescent Bulbs can be discarded, even in landfills (Although they shouldn’t be!) 

Fluorescent and LEDs should NEVER be discarded, but ALWAYS recycled due to their chemical content! 

LEDs are not recyclable at the present time, because the content of recoverable materials is almost negligable and the quantities available are too low to make recycling feasible! 

Fluorescents require Special Handling due to the Hazardous Materials they contain. 

Incandescent Bulbs are CHEAP, can last for YEARS, and are available in thousands of types, styles, configurations, voltages, wattages, and shapes! 

Fluorescents DO NOT! And, they are NOT cheap! 

One Edison-based incandescent replacement Fluorescent bulb locally sells for arount $5, whereas you can buy a box of 4, 60 watt incandescent bulbs for $1.00! 

LEDS, especially the new purported ‘Hi Brightness’ type, typically claim 10,000 to 50,000 hours lifespan… (NOT!!!) however, most of the devices I have purchased, ‘(IE: Flashlights, Emergency Lights, Camping Lanterns, etc) usually loose several LEDs within the first few weeks of use! 

They do NOT live up to their stated lifespan! 

I have personally witnessed and used incandescent bulbs that last for YEARS of normal household usage! 

My Experience with Fluorescents is unsatisfactory, also! 

One Manufacturer claims a 15 watt Fluorescent has a lifespan of 25,000 hours and is equivalent to a 60 watt Incandescent! NOT!!! 

I have compared the two and the Incandescent is brighter and illuminates better than the Fluorescent by a long shot! 

Making Incandescents ILLEGAL is a huge mistake! 

There are simply too many applications that are not conducive to Fluorescent or LED replacement at this time to justify outlawing Incandescents or MANDATING Fluorescent or LEDs as the only acceptable replacements for Incandescents! 




Great snips from this next article…  Spread the word, raise a fuss!


(Photo: Edison Winter Home, Ft. Myers)



As American as the grand slam, the Mustang convertible, and the constitutional republic, Thomas Alva Edison’s incandescent light bulb is among this nation’s most enduring gifts to mankind. Granted U.S. Patent No. 223,898 on January 27, 1880 (after some 1,200 experiments), Edison’s “Electric-Lamp” essentially made night optional for most Earthlings. Days stopped ending at sunset. Simple, convenient, and cheap, Edison’s greatest invention also was far safer than the flammable kerosene lamps they replaced.

Today’s federal government, naturally, had to hammer something that has hummed along nicely for 130 years. In one of his most shameful moments, former president George W. Bush foolishly signed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. EISA establishes performance criteria that Edisonian bulbs cannot meet. As the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) explains: “These standards, which begin in 2012, will eliminate low efficiency incandescent light bulbs from the market.”

According to an April 14 fact sheet from General Electric, which Edison founded in 1876, 276 versions of its incandescent bulbs will start to vanish just 18 months from now. Few Americans realize that federal busybodies plan to snatch their traditional bulbs. Sylvania’s December 2009 survey of 302 adults found that “awareness of the 2012 100-watt bulb phase-out” is just 18 percent (error margin: +/- 5.7 percent).


“I think the incandescent light bulb was one of the great contributions to the art of architecture in the 20th century,” says Howard M. Brandston, a legendary lighting designer renowned for relighting the Statute of Liberty before its rededication on July 4, 1986. “Lighting played a huge role, as essential as the structures themselves. That was thanks to Thomas Edison.”

“If the federal government insists on banning the incandescent lamp, it significantly will decrease the quality of life in every home in America,” Brandston tells me. “The CFLs cannot be dimmed properly. When you dim one, the spectral power distribution and color quality of the lamp make people look cadaverous. Most people who wear makeup will not need to do so to look like the Bride of Frankenstein.”
“Here we have the government entering all of our homes. Our homes are our castles,” says Brandston, a former adjunct professor of architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a founder of its Lighting Research Center. “Now they are telling us how to light our homes, and they are putting onerous burdens on us in terms of handling these toxic CFLs. The government should not enter our homes, tell us how to live, endanger our health, and ruin our quality of life.”




The Thomas Edison Winter Home & Museum is a great place to visit if you’re ever in the Fort Myers, Florida  area.  Fascinating, especially the Museum with all of his inventions, so many I didn’t even realize.  Amazing!  I loved his “cat nap” philosophy, too.  He never really slept as he worked in his lab all the time and only took ‘cat naps’ (in his lab) and kept on going.  He imported all sorts of plants, trees, bushes from all over the world which are in the gardens around the house.  The house itself has double-open-doors on all four sides so there could always be a cross-breeze in all directions.  Loved that! since houses/apts. these days never have enough Open-Air cross-breeze.  


The Edison Home/Museum have tours, etc.:

25 Photos of Edison-Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers – Attraction Images – TripAdvisor:

(That’s Henry Ford, who built a home next door to Edison.)

And here’s a few links of pics of the 2,000 Royal Palms that Edison had imported from Cuba to line the street leading to his house (McGregor Blvd.) & other avenues around the city:

The Charlotte County History Collections – Edison Royal Palms:

Edison had the first concrete swimming pool built in Florida:



Back to the bad news…

Are incandescent light bulbs to be outlawed? – Answerbag:


On One Hand: They Won’t Be Made Anymore

According to “U.S. News and World Report,” Congress passed a massive energy bill in 2007 that outlined the phaseout of incandescent bulb manufacturing. The phase-out begins in 2012 and will be complete in 2014. After 2012, the country’s light bulb manufacturers will switch to making more and more, and eventually only, compact fluorescent bulbs.

On the Other Hand: You Can Keep Yours

The phaseout doesn’t mean you can’t keep the incandescent bulbs you already have. However, they last only a few months as opposed to the five-year life span of compact fluorescent bulbs. 

(THAT IS NOT TRUE! I have a 60-watt lamp near me where I spend 98-percent of my time, & it stays on every day/night anywhere from 15-18-20 hours at a time, & it lasts a whole lot longer than a “few months”… More like nine months (In 2 years, 4 months = 28 months total, I may have changed that bulb three times max!  And they ARE cheap so who cares!!) 

When you run out of your incandescent bulb stock pile, you won’t have a choice about which bulbs to purchase.

(Time to move to Belize, Costa Rica, or some other place where the New World Order insanity  has yet to catch up!)

Bottom Line

Though they aren’t actually illegal, the government has effectively outlawed incandescent bulbs as of 2014. Light bulb makers will start making less of them in 2012 and will cease their production entirely in 2014. After the country uses its last incandescent bulb, you won’t be able to get more.


U.S. News and World Report: FAQ: The End of the Light Bulb as We Know It

World Net Daily: Congress Bans Incandescent Bulbs




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  2. TPR

    Above was an imported article from Posterous & none of the photos imported to WP (a real pain). I found the first main pic I had layered for this post, & it is now here:

    The other photos in the post are buried somewhere. If/when I see them again I’ll post them to TPR-PIX as well, & from there replace the images/links in the above post.

    Someday (?) all pics in all imported posts & blogs will have to be redone. Dream on, not enough hours in a day! :-/


  3. “Phase-out of incandescent light bulbs” – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

    Wiki’s lousy article, above, as of 8/23/13, did not provide an updated timeline of WHEN which bulbs become extinct in USA.  They referenced this below article instead (their reference #53) re which bulbs are EXEMPT:

    7/24/13:  “Lighting Exemptions from the Energy Independence Act”:
    The most noted bulbs to have been exempted (but only for a year) [WHICH YEAR?!] are the sixty and forty watt bulbs.  These bulbs have proven to be such a staple that congress has provided additional time to have the markets and consumers catch up with their regulations.  While 3-way incandescent light bulbs received a waiver and are exempt, the traditional 100 and 75 watt bulbs were eliminated and will not be back.   
    Here is a comprehensive list of exempt special purpose bulbs:

    –Appliance bulbs

    –High wattage 150 and 200 watt bulbs

    –Rough service bulbs

    –Vibration service bulbs

    –Shatter-resistant bulbs

    –Black lights

    –Yellow bug lights

    –Infrared lamps

    –Plant grow lights

    –Silver bowl bulbs with a reflective coating

    –Outdoor post lights less than 100 watts

    –All nightlights

    –Candelabra bulbs less than 60 watts

    –[& the 3-way bulbs mentioned above]

    While each of these bulb categories received an exemption because of their LIMITED SALES volume, trade associations are now REQUIRED to report the sales volume by type of bulb as part of the legislation in order to identify SURGES in use that would warrant the REMOVAL of the exemption.

    End Quote & Ah Ha!  You see they (the sleazy Commie crooks in Congress) only outlawed the BEST SELLERS!  It’s a MONEY SCAM to FORCE people to buy the MORE EXPENSIVE “legal” bulbs from the politicians’ corporate cronies.  

    Corporatism = Fascism = When Govt. & Corporations marry each other for THEIR benefit, not that of the population at large.

    This whole so-called “ENERGY-SAVING” lightbulb scam is a LIE & HOAX & HEALTH HAZARD (quicker to kill off the herd):

    –Fluorescents emit radiation (never mind the mercury).

    –LEDs give off a bright white (blue) light which inhibits melatonin production via your eyes/pineal gland making you more prone to cancer without melatonin production.

    Incandescents do neither & give off a warm yellowish glow, easier on the eyes.  I’ll go for yellow Bug Lights or sit in the dark before I will buy CFLs or LEDs.  



  4. Another “Exempt List”:

    …Incandescent bulbs that are exempt from this law:

    –any kind of specialty light (ie. bulb in refrigerator)

    –reflector bulbs

    –3-way bulbs



    –shatter resistant

    –vibration service

    –rough service

    –colored bulbs (i.e. “party bulbs”)

    –bug lights

    –plant lights



  5. 7/10/13:  “House blocks enforcement of incandescent light bulb ban, again” – The Greenroom:

    That article was useless, it said nothing definitive, but there was this GREAT reader comment:

    Just package regular [incandescent] light bulbs as “novelty heat bulbs.” This is what some folks in Germany did when the enviro-schmucks banned the bulb there and they are making a fortune. AND, it’s totally legal.
    –Rixon on July 10, 2013 at 5:36 PM



  6. Evil Greedy Politicians: The Epitomy of Stupidity:

    When incandescents in traffic lights in some cold-weather places were replaced with LEDs, they weren’t hot enough to melt accumulated ice and snow, so the lights couldn’t be seen. Now they have to install heaters to keep the lights clear. The law of unintended consequences.
    –merlich on July 10, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Reader comment from same link above.



  7. Lightbulb Q & A for Dummies — Just What I was Looking For!

    From this site that says they are only selling the exempt “rough & ready” kind:

    Incandescent A-Shape and PS Shape Light Bulb F.A.Q.:

    Q: What is an A-Shape light bulb?

    A: A-shape refers to the standard light bulbs, traditional light bulbs that you have used in your home for ages. Why are every day, household light bulbs called “A-shape”? I have no idea.

    Q: I see you have A15, A19, A21, and A23 A-Shape Light Bulbs. What’s the difference?

    A: The number following the “A” in an A-shape light bulb refers to the diameter of the bulb in 1/8” increments. Thus, an A15 light bulb is 15/8” or 1 7/8” diameter. This is true of virtually all light bulb types. They are numbered by a shape designation (like A-shape) followed by the diameter. Why 1/8” increments? I don’t know. I wasn’t consulted.

    Q: What are standard light bulbs called, the traditional light bulbs I’ve always used?

    A: Traditional, household light bulbs are A19 shape (19/8” or 2 3/8” diameter). These traditional light bulbs may be found at the following link: A19 Shape Light Bulbs

    Q: What base type does the standard, household light bulb have?

    A: Traditional light bulbs have a “medium base”. The medium base on regular, household light bulbs is also referred to as an E26 base, and E27 base, an Edison base, or a standard base.

    Q: I have bulbs that look like regular light bulbs, but the base is smaller?

    A: You’re looking for bulbs for your ceiling fan aren’t you? Ceiling fan manufacturers have started making fans that use an E17 base (intermediate) or an E12 base (candelabra). Don ‘t worry, we have those here: E17 base A-Shape light bulbs and E12 base A-Shape light bulbs

    Q: Do you have small, A-shape light bulbs for appliances? What are they called?

    A: Traditional appliance light bulbs are A15 shape (1 7/8” diameter). Click the following link for our A-shape appliance bulbs: Incandescent A15 Shape Light Bulbs

    Q: Has the government banned the use of traditional light bulbs?

    A: The 2007 IESA requires the gradual phase-out of standard light bulb. However, more efficient A-Shape bulbs are becoming available that will replace standard light bulbs. These bulbs meet the more stringent lumen per watt guidelines established by Congress. Additionally, the phase-out does not apply to rough-service bulbs. Rough-service bulbs look identical to standard light bulbs, the difference is on the inside. These bulbs have additional supports for the filament that prevent damage to do vibration or rough handling. All of our 130 volt light bulbs are rough-service and will continue to be available.

    Q: Can I use 130 volt A-Shape light bulb to replace my traditional light bulbs that are 120 volt.

    A: It is perfectly safe to use 130 volt light bulb in place of your regular 120 volt light bulbs. The 130 volt bulbs will be slightly under-powered, thus they will be slightly dimmer. The advantage of 130 volt traditional light bulbs is that they will last 5 times as long (usually rated for 5000 hours).

    Q: What is a PS-Shape Light Bulb? It looks a lot like an A-Shape light bulb?

    A: You’re right, a PS-Shape light bulb looks very similar to an A-Shape bulb. The main difference is that the PS-Shape Light Bulb has a longer neck, and they are generally wider. Again, the diameter of a PS-Shape light bulb may be determined by dividing the number following the PS by 8 to determine the diameter in inches. PS-Shape light bulbs are generally a higher wattage than A-Shape light bulbs. Many PS-Shape light bulbs are used in industrial applications. Why are they called PS-Shape? Again, I have no idea.
    End Quoted Material.



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