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Jan132014

loss of incandescents

Today, I am all fired up about... lightbulbs. In a world filled with gas-guzzling trucks, I’m baffled as to why the government has to pick on the incandescent bulb. By now, I’m sure you know that the production of 40 and 60-watt bulbs is illegal. This, in turn, has caused many interior designers to clear their closets + hoard lightbulbs (never thought I’d write that sentence).

Ann Pyne of McMillen, Inc. is one of them. A few weeks ago, she gave a short and sweet interview on Here & Now in defense of the incandescent. Like myself, she much prefers the warm light given by incandescents over the cool, sterile light given by most halogens/CFLs/LEDs. Ann notes, “[Interior designers] spend all our time... making lampshades to get the right color, and suddenly we have a CFL, an LED, and everything’s kaput!” Though 90% of the energy used by an incandescent goes to heat, Ann says it’s not totally wasted (she has no heat in her kitchen and the light bulbs help to keep it warm).

I hope incandescents are brought back, or companies like GE develop nicer-colored bulbs. I understand that this isn’t life or death; there are certainly more pressing political issues to tackle. It’s just a little issue I’m peeved about, and my blog seemed like the perfect place to rant :)

Have you discovered a great halogen/CFL/LED bulb that you'd like to share? I'd love to hear it! 


(images of Ann Pyne in her incandescent-lit study via NYSD)

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Reader Comments (7)

Trying to buy a lighbulb in Blighty has become one of my greatest tests, questing knights would fail at this task.

01.13.2014 | Unregistered CommenterTabitha

OMG I'm SO with her. I adore their soft light and shade. I've been making the sample complaint. Why with all our technology can we not give them a CFLs/LEDs a yellow soft glow?

No, no such animal. I've recently found a dimmable LED, but it's just bright light, not anything comfortable.
Home Depot has an LED display with different exposures under which you can check your hand. The Soft White seem to be the best development so far. Natural light had my skin looking like that of a zombie. I've become a hoarder, too.

01.17.2014 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

Daniel over at Manhattan Nest (whose taste and knowledge I completely trust) recently blogged about his love for the Cree LED lightbulb (http://www.cree.com/Lighting/Landing-Page/Cree-Bulb)

Check out the post here (you have to scroll down a bit):
http://manhattan-nest.com/2013/12/17/light-it-up/

01.22.2014 | Unregistered Commenterapril

Agree on incandescents, but the Cree warm white LED is a good option at this point. I wish they made it in a higher wattage, though.

01.24.2014 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Not to mention that the new light bulbs contain mercury and need to be properly recycled. If broken are dangerous not only to ourselves but also the our pets. Most people are unaware that the bulbs need to be recycled so the mercury is going into our landfills. Seems to me the incandescent is the lesser of two evils.
They should wait until they have a better option available.

01.24.2014 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

OMG! I dont feel like a freak! I have been bitching to my friend about the horrible light the remaining options deliver for years and anger toward our 'lack of choices government' the USA has been overruled with in years late. I have been hoarding the 60's so you have prompted me to go seek out some 40s and candle tips! Thanks for the post and you are not alone!

01.25.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPamela

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