Saturday, March 22, 2014

Lightbulbs and Thomas Edison

The last year or so we've both noticed that our incandescent light bulbs burn out at an alarming rate. We have a hallway with two ceiling lights and they burn out about every two months or so. The lamps in our living room burn out at even an faster rate. This last week all of the lights, including our porch light burned out at the same time! I found a small 40 watt bulb in a bedroom lamp which I used so we could see in the living room but it was time to go to the big box store for a light bulb run. I suspect a plan to nudge us all into the more "environmentally" correct bulbs, don't you?

The store has an entire section just for light bulbs. There are incandescent, LED, CFL and more which can be very confusing to say the least. The clerk was somewhat helpful but it took us quite a while to figure out what we needed. We ended up getting LED which are supposed to be 85% more energy saving and last 25x longer than regular bulbs. I'm very skeptical but we're giving them a chance. We kept all the packaging and wrote on each container the date when we bought them. Time will tell.

I think Edison would be thrilled with the innovation of his invention. Having read quite a bit about him, he was always pushing the envelope and improving his creations. He was an amazing person and some of his quotes are worth repeating.

"If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves."

" I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work."

" Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to doesn’t mean it’s useless." (so true!)

"What you are will show in what you do."