When I was a young ham radio operator, I would connect the output of my radio transmitter directly to a 75 watt incandescent light bulb, and tune the radio controls for maximum brightness. This was considered a crude but “better than nothing” way to adjust before going on the air.
Yes, I know this is a bit off topic, cord cutters, but it fits into the growing list of technologies (like land line telephones) that will slowly fade away in the 21st century.
Starting in 2014 it will become more difficult to find the bulb that Edison invented, as a ban on 40 and 60 watt bulbs goes in to effect. I must admit I hadn’t noticed that 75 and 100 watt bulbs were phased out in 2013. I have been slow converting over to CFL’s anyway mainly because I like the longer lasting bulb.
I expect the phase out to be successful. There are a few stories about the consumer’s choice being denied, but I see little serious opposition strong enough to reverse the ban.
Actually one of my first thoughts was to stockpile hundreds of these bulbs and become rich selling them on Ebay. That would be a risky venture no doubt, as I sit on all of my inventory waiting for demand to exceed supply. At the time of this writing, 100 watt bulbs (banned last year) were still available for less than $1.00 each.
My advice if you are worried about availability is do nothing. It will probably take years for these stockpiles to disappear, and by time they do you won’t care anymore.
Does the ban on incandescent bulbs concern you? If I’ve missed something I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.
In any case, on this day of Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, it seems an appropriate time to say goodbye to an old friend that has lit homes for more than 100 years.