Is The Light Bulb Ban A Bright Idea?
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Paul Brewer’s perspective on light bulbs is well-illuminated. As the electrical department manager at Solenberger’s Hardware in Winchester, Va., Brewer has overseen 34 years of light-bulb buying and selling for the store, witnessing firsthand every modern trend in lighting—and not just through his inventory. Solenberger’s Hardware is 6 miles from the site of GE’s Winchester Lamp Plant, which the company shuttered in September 2010 after 35 years of operation, citing a “profound transformation” in the lighting business. It was GE’s last American plant producing traditional A19 incandescent bulbs.

If the dark plant at 125 Apple Valley Road is a looming icon of the technological and economic changes occurring in the world of household lighting, some subtler cultural side effects are manifesting themselves in the lighting aisle at Solenberger’s. “There was a gentleman in here recently,” Brewer says. “He bought two cases of incandescent bulbs—240 l…………… continues on Popular Mechanics
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