Lights out for the incandescent light bulb as of Jan. 1, 2014
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When the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, the year ends — and so does the ordinary lightbulb.

Jan. 1. marks the end of a seven-year effort to outlaw the ordinary lightbulb, thanks to a 2007 law that raised minimum efficiency standards for traditional incandescent bulbs far beyond what the technology can manage.

It’s lights out for the traditional light bulb, in other words, which was essentially killed by that bill.

“The government started phasing out incandescents in 2010, starting with the 100-watt bulb, and then followed by the 75-watt,” explained Melissa Andresko, communications director for lighting-automation company Lutron.

“Come January 1, both the 60- and the 40-watt bulbs are going away. And that’s really going to have the most impact on consumers because those are the most popular incandescent bulb types right now,” she told FoxNews.com earlier this month.

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knitted lighting fixtures made from 3D patterned textiles
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knitted lighting fixtures made from 3D patterned textiles
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combining technology with traditional hand crafting, the series of lighting fixtures is made by knitting wool threads from fixed patterns. the collaborative project between israeli designers ariel zuckerman and oded sapir was generated from three-dimensional textile pieces, which serve as a case for light-bulbs. the process of developing the fabric, with the aid of designer adva bruner, joined together both industrial and manual ‘crochet’ knitting. the bulbous skins were draped over a rigid skeletal structure, resulting in colorful organic-looking forms.

the hanging lighting fixtures are made from a patterned textile fabric

the ‘floor balls’ lighting piece

wall lamps

the fabric case makes the lighting fixtures easily transportable

the organic-looking drop fixtures encases a rigid skeletal structure

detail of the patterned knitted texture

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