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  •  OK, but that still doesn't help me wrt continuing (0+ / 0-)

    to buy them over the next 25 years . . . .

    •  You're not serious about Fox are you? (4+ / 0-)

      I just bought some incandescent light bulbs in the Internet this past week. 10 watt bulbs for a specific use.   A quick check shows this vendor sells common shapes and types of incandescents.

      I remember the conservative hue and cry about not being able to buy any more incandescents, and all the stockpiling that occurred.  Same thing happened with ammo.

      With the same results.   Just more trumped up hysteria because Obama.

      And as conservatives still buy incandescents and ammo all these years later, memories are non-existent about their previous outrage.   Benghazi. IRS.  etc.

    •  Incandescent bulbs are not being phased out, (3+ / 0-)
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      but if LEDs improve much more, I expect to see manufacturers eventually phase them out as non-saleable.

      That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

      by enhydra lutris on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 12:19:38 PM PDT

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      •  There are always suckers. (2+ / 0-)
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        "What could BPossibly go wrong??" -RLMiller "God is just pretend." - eru

        by nosleep4u on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 01:18:22 PM PDT

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      •  Yes they are... (2+ / 0-)
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        enhydra lutris, KenBee

        75W and 100W A19 (standard light bulbs) were phased out last year. Old stocks can continue to be sold until they are
        exhausted. 60W and 40W A19's are scheduled to be phased out next year.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/...

        http://en.wikipedia.org/...

        Yes, energy efficient halogen A19 bulbs are available that act much like the older ones but are no where near as efficient as LED bulbs or even CFL's.

        Work lights, appliance bulbs, 3way and other specialty bulbs will continue to be sold, but standard A19 light bulbs ARE being phased out.

        And yes, I do sell LED and other bulbs for a living.

        “I used to be disgusted....Now I try to be amused" --Elvis-- My first attempt at a diary.. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/03/28/1197573/-Park-Avenue

        by PlinytheWelder on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 05:55:44 PM PDT

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        •  Yes and no. What has ahappened is that there (1+ / 0-)
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          are efficiency requirements imposed on A19 bulbs for any given luminosity. Thus the old 60 watt A19 incandescent has been replaced by a 57 watt A 19 incandescent. It is the oppinion of somebody at Wikipedia that the standards will soon become impossible to meet, though at least one manufacturer is claiming to have already hit 50 a percent energy efficiency increase.

          That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

          by enhydra lutris on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 07:36:18 PM PDT

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      •  the market for Incandescents is dying. (2+ / 0-)

        CFLs have been killing their market and now LED is really killing them.

        I think Incandescents will remain as a niche product much
        as  Vacuum Tubes lingered as a niche product in the 70's and 80's.  I suspect Flea markets and yard sales will have cases of Incandescents for decades as aging old right wingers head off to the nursing home.

        •  I hope so. (0+ / 0-)

          I stockpiled 100s, but there are still some things they are best used for.  LEDs haven't come down enough to replace them, and CFLs can't be used outdoors in sub-freezing temperatures.  And there are some old-tech hacks which use incandescents deliberately as a good low-level heat source.

          I hope that after the market has effectively changed, they'll be able to relax that law a bit and allow the public to buy what they want for specialized purposes.  The costs of a niche market will ensure that they aren't overused without good reason.

        •  There will always be a need for incandescent (1+ / 0-)
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          bulbs for oven lights, easy bake ovens and egg hatcheries.

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