Can you believe it?!!! These are the very light bulbs I’ve been looking for for a really long time and I just happened across them. I could never figure out why I was having such a hard time finding them in any store whatsoever.
I just assumed everyone was out of stock and it was a huge coincidence. And these weren’t even on the shelf with all the rest of the light bulbs—they were off to themselves in the middle of the aisleway.
Well, I finally found out from various sources that the government is involved in making these particular light bulbs extinct like the dinosaurs. (Not that the government was involved in making dinosaurs extinct, too, but one never really knows.)
I had NO idea! And as much as I’m on the computer, you’d think I would have seen something flash across the Internet—but I never have. Who knew they were making it illegal to manufacture the 40-, 60-, 75-, and 100-watt incandescent light bulbs anymore?! Certainly not I.
Was it crazy of me to buy almost the entirety of the top two shelves of bulbs here? I mean, yeah, I now have about 50 packages of 4 in each package—but I figure they’ll last me my lifetime and I won’t have to worry about these so-called new bulbs. Plus I’m sure I’ll share with family who were looking for these very bulbs as well.
Now my lack of being able to find these is all starting to make sense. No wonder I haven’t been able to find this particular type anymore. So apparently my only choices in the future will be:
- compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)
- LED (light-emitting diodes) light bulbs or
- halogen light bulbs
I understand the idea is to save energy, etc., etc., but if my home isn’t as bright as I’d like it to be because of these bulbs, I’ll end up with 10 lamps in every room—and is that really saving any more energy?!!
All three have their negatives and positives:
CFLs—take forever to brighten up a room and contain mercury. So if you accidentally break one, make sure not to inhale the mercury lest you severely damage the inside of your body. I’ve tried these bulbs before a long time ago and I absolutely hated them. And the one I tried was never as bright as the incandescents. But these supposedly last 9 years with normal use. Maybe the ones they make now are brighter. I don’t know, but who wants mercury around anyway?
LEDs—these are probably the closest in comparison to the extinct bulbs that I would get if, and when, I have no other choice. But these bad boys are going to cost anywhere from $10-$40 just for ONE light bulb!! That’s a far cry from $2.24 for a box of 4 incandescent light bulbs. Granted the LEDs are supposed to last approximately 25,000 hours or 23 years with normal use. Hard to believe, but I guess we can only test it out. I guess it’d be worth the price at that point.
Halogen—these are made with halogen gas under high pressure and burn hot. Why do I want something that burns even hotter than incandescents do? Won’t that start a fire of some sort?
I mean, why don’t we all just go back to the good ol’ days of lighting fires and carrying around oil lamps and candles?
Maybe I’m just being overly resistant to change or maybe I’m spot on in my thinking of wanting to keep my incandescents. But that’s neither here nor there. I finally found the one store that still has my old favorite and I know the aisle way they’re in.
I don’t want to cause a panic so I refuse to say exactly where. Plus, I probably need to hoard the bottom two shelves as well just in case I live to be 520 years old.
So, if you have nothing else to do today, locate your old standard incandescent light bulbs in the nearest store in your hometown. I’d suggest you hurry and locate these and buy them out. Once they deplete their stock they won’t be getting anymore.
Take-Away Life Lesson: Apparently you may need to rent a storage unit for situations such as these.