Ode to the Incandescent Light Bulb

a guest post by Lisa J. Reed, Lighting Designer

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The final phase of the EISA 2007 incandescent lamp phase-out began on January 1, 2014. It is now illegal to manufacture 40 or 60-watt lamps in the USA.

The phase-out began in 2012 with 100-watt lamps. Then in 2013, the 75-watt incandescent got the axe. Now, our most common light bulbs – the 60 and 40 watt incandescent – can no longer be manufactured in the US.

There were battles in congress. People have stocked up and hoarded light bulbs. But the three-year phase-out has continued. Don’t you just hate long, drawn out goodbyes?

The way I see it, we can either laugh or cry about it. So I’ve written this humorous poem, bidding farewell to the popular 40W and 60W incandescent lamps...

Incandescent we adore thee; in fact we think that you are hot;
But, you see, that is the problem. You are hot and light is not.

You have been there since Edison, and your light is really great;
100 years you were the standard and your heat helped Easy-Bake.

Soft white, A-lamp, filament bulb, you replaced oil, gas, and fire.
Your warm light has brought us comfort. Of your glow we did not tire.

First fluorescent then HID, heck, we even tried induction!
Nothing was nearly as pretty, but we needed wattage reduction.

Over time there was a crisis; we consumed such energy
That laws were passed, and government came at you through the DOE.

Lest you think that we were shallow and gave up on you too soon,
You should know that some fought hard to keep you lighting up our rooms.

In the meantime, researchers worked to improve an old light source.
LEDs are our best hope with color that’s not too perverse.

Well, the time, it is upon us. We must say our goodbyes now.
Your soft glow may someday fade, but right now I just can’t see how.

Are you going to miss our old friend the 60-watt bulb? Feeling nostalgic? You are welcome to leave memorials in the comments section, below.

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Lisa J. Reed has been attracted to lighting (like a moth to a flame) for 20+ years. She is the Founding Principal at Envision Lighting Design, LLC in St. Louis, where she designs, teaches, and writes about architectural lighting.


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