Thursday, February 27, 2014
When incandescents lights and kerosene lamps once ruled the world; living old-fashioned, part 1
It was bound to happen. We heard of it coming for years. It was signed back when George W. Bush, Jr. was still in office. It was an end of something that's been a mainstay for generations for millions. What we took for granted, was a marvel back in the early 19th century-- electric lights. Incandescent light bulbs once shown no brighter than twenty candles lit at one time. The inventor of the incandescent light bulb was Thomas Edison. However, in rural areas, folks still lit their homes with kerosene lamps and that lighting is still used today in the twenty-first century. Beginning in 2014 it's considered illegal to sell or import incandescent light bulbs: 25 watt, 40 watt, 60 watt, etc. At one time they used to sell 75, 90 and 100 watt before the newer "curly q" light bulbs were shoved on people. "I don't care if they're supposed to be 'energy efficient!' I'm not going to light my home with mercury-laden, made in china light bulbs that look like a hazard waiting to happen." I harped when I first saw them emerging on store shelves. I know that nothing lasts forever, and neither could incandescent light bulbs. I was determined to come up with alternative lighting at night. Sure, kerosene lamps are extremely old as the hills and a potential fire hazard when using lamp oil and wicks. However, I wanted to circumvent this and decided to go with LED candles. They don't produce much light, if enough to safely see unless there's a lot of them turned on in same room. But-- when the power goes out, the LED's do make the home feel cozy with less worry about any flammable liquid or open flame. And they also give off the appropriate lighting that would have been commonplace way back when.