Hoarding 100-Watt Incandescent Bulbs

Monday, May 30, 2011
Posted in category Green Totalitarianism

I admit to hoarding 100-watt incandescent light bulbs for some time now. I get them at Meijer’s for $1.23 per 4-pack, and I pay about twice as much for the beautiful GE Reveal bulb. My basement root cellar, which is earmarked for food, has become the unfortunate landing spot for this pile of soon-to-be contraband, so I am building a special corner storage area for these types of non-food reserve items. So clearly, I am not ecstatic about the government’s attack on human comfort with its upcoming ban on one of civilization’s stellar inventions.

Reading this article (“LED Bulbs Hit 100 Watts as Federal Ban Looms”) is a bit like waking up to a slapstick comedy playing backwards. There is no alternative to the 100-watt incandescent bulb. Compact fluorescents contain toxic mercury vapor (but they save us energy!) and the bulbs with large watts are too big for most existing fixtures. OLEDs have not yet been successfully produced for the mass market, and LEDs are not affordable for the masses at …… $50? Here’s one on Amazon for $59.99. But of course, this is not about saving energy or improving lives, or even improving technology. It is about politicians and lifelong bureaucrats socially engineering society on a grand scale through the use of arbitrary decrees that are promoted by profit-seeking special interests and human-hating environmentalist groups that deplore lights that allow you to see, detergent that cleans stuff, appliances that work, and toilets that actually flush human waste out of the house. Here is a revealing snippet from the article (bold emphasis mine):

To stimulate LED development, the federal government has instituted a $10 million “L Prize” for an energy-efficient replacement for the 60-watt bulb. Philips is so far the only entrant in testing, and Eftekhar expects the company to win it soon. But Lighting Sciences Group plans its own entry, which it will demonstrate at the trade show.

The 60-watt bulbs are a mere $40. I especially like this paragraph from the article.

However, LED prices are coming down quickly. The DoE expects a 60-watt equivalent LED bulb to cost $10 by 2015, putting them within striking range of the price of a compact fluorescent bulb.

In four years a bulb that costs $1 right now will be at the always low price of $10, and that is “coming down quickly”? Get started on your run on bulbs.

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5 Responses to Hoarding 100-Watt Incandescent Bulbs

  1. mycroft says:

    May 31st, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Karen, Lowe’s has Sylvania 100W bulbs in an eight-pack for $2.48, or about $.30 per bulb. They have other 100W bulbs with twice the bulb life rating, but they cost twice as much. $1.23 per bulb sounds kind of high to me. Also, Home Depot’s website lists the 100W GE Reveal for $4.97 for 6 bulbs, or about 83 cents. Love your blog, keep up the good work. PS- think I’ll try some of the GE Reveals, even if I am a tightwad.

  2. wishbone says:

    June 1st, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    I thought about hoarding them as well, and I love the Reveal bulbs. However, I just think I’d be delaying the inevitable switch to the unnatural light of the fluorescent retina killers. The Reveal florescent reveal an astonishing yellowish “warehouse”, “utility room” look and feel if you’re interested in staying with the brand though.

    I feel like I may just start investing in candle light solutions as cozying up in my chair reading a book or creating art under the jaundiced light of a fluorescent gas cloud goes against the whole “pleasure” and “color accuracy” things.

  3. Karen De Coster says:

    June 1st, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    “jaundiced light of a fluorescent gas cloud”……. Wishbone – fucking hilarious post. I hate….hate hate hate bright, overbearing, office-type lighting. Fuck those things. I like open windows and sun during the daylight hours, and I want low, sexy, warm, inviting lighting in my house in the evening-night hours.

  4. Pam Maltzman says:

    June 7th, 2011 at 5:15 am

    Back when I was still working in other people’s offices, I had to put up with fluorescent bulbs.  Between those and the computer monitors, I had nasty headaches for a while.  My optometrist at the time alternated regular fluorescents with full-spectrum fluorescents in his office–relieved eyestrain and also cost less than using all full-spectrum fluorescents. 

    This problem was mostly solved once I started to work at home full-time.  I could have better lighting and also have enough room for my legs that I wasn’t constantly finding all the sharp corners with my knees. 

  5. Pam Maltzman says:

    June 7th, 2011 at 5:25 am

    I did hoard some incandescents a while back, but am now running low on them again.

    Wal-Mart seemed to stop stocking incandescents as soon as the ban was announced, several years ago.  But Home Depot and Lowe’s still stock incandescent bulbs, and that’s where I’ll pick up some more next time I decide to buy some. 

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