Are You Among the 60% of Americans Who Don’t Know Incandescents History?

We originally did this post a few weeks back, but just found out that 60% of Americans are unaware that 40 and 60 watt bulbs will, like 75 and 100 or great incandescent bulbs become part of history once the New Year comes.


Also: we want to fix an “Oops” in our original post where we stated the ban was for 75 and 100 watt bulbs. (Like many of you we still have some in our closet since the funding to implement the 2012 ban on those bulbs was delayed and many were available long after January 1, 2012. Not this time: the funding is there and it will be enforced in a timely manner. This post summarizes the pros and cons of different bulbs most people will choose from. Continue reading

Lights Out for Incandescent Bulbs

Incandescent ban begins. Learn about the alternatives.As of January 1, 2014, 40 and 60 watt incandescent bulbs will go the way of 75 and 100 watt incandescent bulbs: none of them will be sold in the USA after December 31, 2013.

Only 40% of Americans are aware of this.  And for those who are surprised, you really shouldn’t be. The USA began to phase out 75 and 100 watt bulbs in 2012, though they were still around for a while after the 1/1/12 deadline since funding to implement the ban was cut.

Back in December 2011, budget bickering and some genuine concern over alternative bulbs caused the House of Representative to remove funding to fully implemented the 2012 ban weeks before it was to take effect.

Not this time! So, you have two choices:

  • Get busy shopping and hoard as many incandescent bulbs as you can, and most are already sold out; or
  • Learn the pros and cons of alternative light bulbs and what to look for when shopping

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Forget Super Bright LEDs. Motion of Light Beams Means Quality Solar Lights

What's That Funky Cone For? Find Out!

Why is That Funky Cone in That Solar Lamp? Find Out!

We use the term “super bright LED” quite often. So do most solar light retailers, distributors and manufacturers.  But “Super Bright LEDs” is a term that actually means very little in terms of the overall brightness of a solar lighting fixture.

Note: We’re updating this post and moving it to our new onstore blog at In the meantime, check out our video to see why LEDs aren’t all that makes lights super bright, no matter how SUPER bright, aren’t what makes lights (or electric or solar) provide bright and well-cast illumination over a meaningful area.,,
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