Congress in its wisdom passed a law in 2007 that led to the banning incandescent of the sale of light bulbs, beginning on New Year’s Day, 2012. By 2015, all of them in between 40 watts and 150 watts must be gone from the shelves.
The 100-watt lights go first, by law.
Maybe you don’t like fluorescent bulbs. Maybe they give you headaches. Tough luck for you, peon. You have no say in the matter. Your liberty got flushed down the Congress-mandated 1.6 gallon-tank toilet.
Incandescent bulbs are cheaper than fluorescent bulbs. They use less energy. That’s right — less energy. For proof, click here. Yet Congress banned incandescent bulbs as an energy-saving measure.
The British government passed a similar law. Result: hoarding on a massive scale.
Black markets ahead? You bet!
I have a partial solution. In fact, I have several dozen of them. My goal is to keep my incandescent bulbs shining until voters persuade Congress to repeal the law. (Sadly, the law is not being repealed anywhere else.)
But how? Let me introduce you to the fabulous Bulb-Miser.
Here is the original ad that sold them. It’s all true. I have used them for years.
Bulb-Miser You probably have noticed that most
light bulbs fail when you flick on the light switch.
That’s because the initial impact of the full
current is too much for the cold filament. A new
product called the Bulb-Miser* provides the
answer to a problem for large quantity bulb
users. It acts as a thermal shock absorber and
lets the filament heat up slowly to prevent
burnout. The result: an average increase in bulb
life of 300 percent.
The Bulb-Miser was developed during
NASA’s Apollo program to protect the Saturn
launch vehicle from electrical current surge.
Technically known as a “temperature
compensating thermistor,” the Bulb-Miser is a
simple, inexpensive device which looks like a
washer about the size of a quarter. It is slipped
between bulb and socket and can be used with
any incandescent bulb that screws into a standard
socket. In addition to delaying burnout, the
Bulb-Miser also offers some reduction of electrical
energy. But the economy of the device goes
beyond energy use or bulb cost; to big users of
bulbs, it makes possible substantially lower
maintenance labor costs. One field test involving
an apartment complex showed that it took
two men 30 man hours monthly to replace light
bulbs; after Bulb-Miser installation only nine
man hours a month were needed.
These are thermistors. When a thermistor gets hit by electrons, it doesn’t let them get through until they heat up the material. As it heats, it lets more electrons through.
It take 45 seconds to bring a bulb to full output if you use a Bulb-Miser.
What kills the bulb is the sudden impact of all those electrons in a fraction of a second. Show them down, and the bulb triples its life span — maybe more.
There is only one thing wrong with Bulb-Misers: the company went out of business about five years ago.
I bought dozens of them for my home in Texas in the late 1980’s. I took them with me when I moved.
If they want to take my Bulb-Misers, they will have to pry them out of my cold, dead hand.
I bought a pile of 20,000-hour incandescent bulbs for about $2.50 each. I use them with Bulb-Misers. They will last longer than I will.
Sadly, the stupidity of Congress will outlast even this combination.