130 YEARS DOWN THE TUBES…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!!!
http://mobile.associatedcontent.com/article/5714428/led_light_bulbsthe_future_in_lighting.htmlAnd read this comment…Incandescent vs. The New Bulbs, Which is Really More Environmentally-Friendly?(…)
FACTS: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!
(…)I AGREE!!!~~~~~~~~~Great snips from this next article… Spread the word, raise a fuss!(Photo: Edison Winter Home, Ft. Myers)THE ALL-AMERICAN LIGHT BULB DIMS AS FREEDOM FLICKERS:
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.”(…) END QUOTE & AMEN!~~~~~~~~~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.
25 Photos of Edison-Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers – Attraction Images – TripAdvisor:http://www.tripadvisor.com/MobileViewPhoto-g34230-d145417-i18591651-Edison_Ford_Winter_Estates-Fort_Myers_Florida.html(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:
Inventors and Royal Palms – Fort Myers, FL – VirtualTourist.com:
Edison Bio:Edison had the first concrete swimming pool built in Florida:~~~~~~~~~Back to the bad news…Are incandescent light bulbs to be outlawed? – Answerbag:
They Won’t Be Made Anymore
You Can Keep Yours
Source:(…)THE TERRIBLE END!