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Incandescent Bulbs Are Not Going Away

March 27, 2013

Some light bulbs are things of beauty in their own right, and can in fact become an integral feature of a lamp’s design. I recently realized that I still did not fully understand the U.S. legislation that everyone keeps referring to as a “phase out” for incandescent bulbs. So I did some research and was absolutely relieved to learn this:

The law does not ban the use or manufacture of all incandescent bulbs, nor does it mandate the use of compact fluorescent ones. It simply requires that companies make some of their incandescent bulbs work a bit better, meeting a series of rolling deadlines between 2012 and 2014.

Furthermore, all sorts of exemptions are written into the law, which means that all sorts of bulbs are getting a free pass and can keep their energy-guzzling ways indefinitely, including “specialty bulbs” like the Edison bulbs… as well as three-way bulbs, silver-bottomed bulbs, chandelier bulbs, refrigerator bulbs, plant lights and many, many others. – Penelope Green for The New York Times

I am more than happy to use CFLs when they are hidden by a shade. If you do desire a regular old 100 watt incandescent bulb, there’s still no reason to despair or stockpile. The legislation requires light bulb makers to improve the efficiency of incandescent bulbs by 25 percent. There are already several incandescent bulbs available that use only 72 watts but provide the same light we’re used to seeing from a 100 watt. You can get a two pack for $4.99 from Lamps Plus.

Phew! Now that that concern is put to rest, here’s a round up of some excellent reasons why you should be as happy as me that incandescents are getting better and that beautiful Edison style bulbs are here to stay. Click on any light to be taken to its product page!

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Prices may be rounded and are subject to change.

Modo Sconce $750

Watson Filament Lamp $175

Noir Sprinkle Chandelier $384

Stockholm Work Lamp $120

Chandelier with Modern Glass Pendants $750

Mini-Tripod Filament Table Lamp $60

Orb Lab Light $200

Union Filament Sconce $229

Harding Pendant $201
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  • Reply Kimber March 28, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Whew! That IS a relief! I don’t know if I’ll ever get used to those CFLs. They just don’t compare to the warmth and clarity of incandescent bulbs. Thanks for doing the research.

    • Reply Christina Ebbers March 28, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      You’re very welcome! Yeah, CFLs definitely have their drawbacks. Here’s hoping CFLs get better too!

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