Featured Product Archive
The inventions and products featured on these pages were chosen either for their
uniqueness in the RF engineering realm, or are simply awesome (or ridiculous) enough
to warrant an appearance.
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Thomas Edison would be proud at the inventiveness
of entrepreneur Larry Birnbaum. So am I. By now we all know about the ludicrous
worldwide ban on the sale of incandescent light bulbs over a certain wattage. Here
in the U.S., the ban was slated to begin in January of 2012* with prohibition against
100 watt bulbs, and over a couple years would eventually ban the sale of anything
larger than 40 watts. Instead ,we are to buy mercury-filled, electronic waste-filled
CFL bulbs or >$60 apiece LED bulbs. Within that 40-to-100 W range, several classes
of specialty lights are exempt from the regulation including appliance lamps, rough
service bulbs, 3-way bulbs, colored lamps, stage lighting, and plant lights. The
rough-service class is where Mr. Birnbaum and his
Newcandescent™ company comes
in. Unlike the standard incandescent bulb that is typically rated for a 750-to-1,000-hour
lifetime, Newcandescent bulbs are rated for a 10,000 hour lifetime (10x-to13x as long). They are advertised at 7 years. Anyone
who has used CFL bulbs has probably already experienced a failure - long before
their expected longevity of 5-7 years. Standard frosted incandescent bulbs from
Newcandescent cost $2.88 each (less than about 30¢ per
standard bulb service life equivalent). Floodlight versions are also available.
"The inspiration to continue to manufacture the long-lasting (10,000 hours) rough
service Newcandescent bulb that satisfies all federal requirements, is simply the
result of what customers continue to want." These bulbs are made in the USA.
See also All Hail
the CFL and
CFLs - Will They Save the Earth?
* The start date has been delayed until October 2012.
I have a personal stash of 2 dozen 100W incandescent bulbs.
96¢ apiece (in 48-pack)
$1.67 apiece (in 6-pack)
Walmart 40W eq.
LED Bulb (maybe)
$117.66 apiece (in 1-pack)
Walmart 75W eq.
$5.51 apiece (in 6-pack)
Posted on March 12, 2012