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Do you miss incandescent light bulbs yet?

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Jan-20-14 12:41 AM

Do you have proof of that? Either way, there is absolutely no good reason to keep the incandescent A-19 lamp in production. I was just at Target the other day and they sell 40, 60, 75 and 100 watt equivalent halogen lamps that look just like an incandescent. The 100 watt equivalent draws 72 watts. It is fully dimmable, is not affected by the cold, has a longer life, offers nearly identical color rendering index and Kelvin temperature.

Of course, there are much bigger energy savings to be had by switching to 26 watt CFL lamps or 19 watt LED lamps, but my point here is that if you like the characteristics of an incandescent lamp, halogen is a great replacement.

If making the switch reduces CO2 and pollution, regardless of one's views on man-made global warming, it is still a good thing.

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Jan-19-14 6:24 PM

The premise was man-made global warming caused by pollution and CO2. Providing incentives to improve efficiency make more sense than demanding efficiency for the sake of efficiency. The CAFE standards are another example of demands which are out of step with reason.

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Jan-19-14 5:12 PM

The 34 watt lamp (now out of production) was legislated over 20 years ago.

We survived.

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Jan-19-14 5:11 PM

For the record, the government legislated that the 40 watt T-12 4-foot fluorescent lamp (there were billions of these being used) could no longer be purchased for use in schools, offices, hospitals, businesses, etc. The manufacturers came up with a 34-watt lamp that soon became the new standard in commercial/institutional lighting. This probably wouldn't have happened without legislation as too many customers are ignorant to what they can do to save energy. I find the same to be true, only worse, for households.

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Jan-19-14 5:08 PM

What kind of false premise are you referring to? They are incredibly inefficient. Only 5% of the energy used to power up an incandescent lamp actually makes light. The rest is all heat.

The government sets minimum efficiency standards for everything from gas mileage, insulation in our homes, windows, appliances, etc.

Some might theorize that if we didn't push for more efficiency that our energy usage would be significantly higher now. How many more wars would we need to fight to stabilize our energy supply?

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Jan-19-14 1:20 PM

The issue I have is that the incandescent lamps were legislated to be illegal because of a false premise. If I prefer one type of lamp or another, why does the government feel the need forbid me from having a choice?

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Jan-14-14 1:48 AM

Oh, rebates are limited to $50 per year.

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Jan-14-14 1:48 AM

New Ulm PUC offers rebates of $10 per lamp on LED Lamps and $20 per lamp on LED fixtures and retrofit kits. There are some VERY nice kits available at Home Depot that feature CREE LED's that will reduce your 65-100 watt can lights to somewhere around 10 watts. They have a very pleasing, soft light, are fully dimmable with CL dimmers (I recommend Lutron Dimmers), and install in less than 5 minutes.

With all the options out there, there just really is no reason to continue the 40-100 watt incandescent lamps. If you have questions, I would be happy to answer them.

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Jan-14-14 1:43 AM

Oceans, look for a halogen lamp. A halogen lamp is still a filament lamp that produces a slightly whiter light , in the 3000 degrees Kelvin range(think of the switch to halogen headlamps in the 1980's). They are fully interchangeable with incandescent lamps for general illumination, dimmable and offer longer life compared to incandescent.

You may find LED lamps suitable for your needs. They are often dimmable. You may need to switch to a CL Dimmer. I have several LED lamps in my house and am very happy with them. I like the GE lamps the best, Phillips comes in a close second. I would stay away from the Sylvania lamps, as the three that I have seen all have a buzz to them.

I hear you on your concerns with the warm up time on CFL lamps. Some are certainly better than others. You tend to get what you pay for. CFL's also do not like to be switched on and off a lot, as it shortens their lifespan. For that reason, I replaced the CFL lamps in my bathroom with LEDs.

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Jan-13-14 6:18 PM

I am one of the ones who miss them. Not for any of the reason listed so nastily above. I find them slow to illuminate, not very attractive and odd in the color they throw. And no, I have never seen a hitching post and no I don't whine about my utility bills. Haters gonna hate.

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Jan-12-14 10:42 PM

I don't think I have bought a 40, 60, 75 or 100 watt incandescent "A" Lamp in 10 years.

No. I don't miss them.

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Jan-12-14 6:55 PM

Remember the clamor over the switch to digital TV? Progress is tough for some to handle.

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Jan-12-14 6:04 PM

These people are probably still having a hard time with the city removing the hitching posts downtown, too.

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Jan-12-14 9:46 AM

Maybe the real question is, "What is there to miss?"

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Jan-12-14 9:45 AM

No. The ones that I need are still available for my appliances, etc. and I still have the option to buy halogen lamps which are almost identical to standard incandescent but somewhat more efficient.

We switched to CFLs years ago and more recently have been upgrading to LEDs and have been very pleased.

I suspect that many of the people that are whining about this also whine about their high utility bills.

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Jan-12-14 8:43 AM

Indoctrination was successful.

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Jan-11-14 8:18 PM

what are incandescent lights?

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