Incandescent bulbs gradually being replaced with efficient alternatives
News from Peoria Journal Star:

When it comes to illuminating our world, the incandescent light bulb has led the way. But the bulbs — they are a-changing.

Long before Thomas Edison patented and produced his light bulb in 1879, incandescent light was a fact of life.

The incandescent lamp with a filament that produces light when heated by electric current was demonstrated as early as 1835. But early efforts only lasted a few hours or proved too expensive for mass production.

Edison settled on a filament made of bamboo that was able to give his bulb up to 1,200 hours of life. He also made breakthroughs in drawing air out of the bulb while developing the Edison screw, still the standard socket fitting for light bulbs, according to history compiled by the U.S. Department of Energy.

But the incandescent bulb — that ubiquitous veteran of the lighting scene — is starting to flicker and dim.

Incandescent bulbs are being phased out in favor of more energy-efficient compact fluorescent lights, said Keith Martin, director of energy efficiency for Ameren Illinois.

“Inventories of incandescent bulbs are declining quickly. You can still find 60-watt bulbs…………… continues on Peoria Journal Star

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