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Why did incandescent light bulbs get phased out mostly?

The local gas station store still sells the 40w 60w 75w 100w white incandescent (not halogen look-alikes) lightbulbs. The brand is called Parade, its not a big brand like GE is.

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  • 2 months ago

    because they use more electricity 

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  • 2 months ago

    Most of the energy they used went to generating heat and only about 10% went to making light, ergo, they were incredibly energy inefficient. LEDs and CFCs are far more energy efficient.

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  • y
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    2 months ago

    Environmentalist and GE paying off the appropriate people. The change to LED's make sense, but the LED tech was not yet good enough at the time. The switch was to CFL's, which sucked, but GE had the corner on the market. Turns out, the green saved by CFL's, which sucked (did I already say that)? Was more then made up for in the disposal and manufacturing of them. Bottom line, they cost more to produce, cost more to dispose of, becouse many didn't dispose of them properly. They were plopped into the ground and burned, releasing all sorts of nasty crap into the environment. That was how LED's came into being, replacing the CFL's that sucked.

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  • 2 months ago

    Did you know that Tom Edison did not invent the electric light bulb?  He only improved it but got all the credit for inventing it. 

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  • Mr. P
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    It's simply because governments have realised that consumers are using an increasing amount of electricity, and to keep on increasing supply would necessitate building more and more power stations. 

     Energy security is a very big deal as there will be riots and mass bloodshed if the lights go out for an extended period. This is also why Iraq was invaded and 50 year oil deals signed - just to keep that energy security.

    In the UK it proved to be more economic to subsidise the manufacture and distribution of CFL lights FREE to all households rather than build another 2 power stations and keep then fuelled for the next 10 years. We are still needing another nuclear station but is mainly because another one has shut down.

    Now LED lights are even more efficient we are slowly moving over to those.

    Incandescent bulb uses 100W compared to only 15W LED to produce the same light output, and typically lasts 5x longer.

     This is not just for homes - they are replacing ALL the streetlights as well, and is STILL cheaper than building another power station as fuel prices keep rising.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Incandescent are not as efficient.  They produce a lot of heat .  The newer bulbs produce less heat to give the same light.  Heat is not something you want on a hot summer night.  If I want heat, I turn on the heater.

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  • 2 months ago

    So far, all the answers are giving the PROPAGANDA used to convince lawmakers to effectively BAN incandescent bulbs. The real answer is self proclaimed environmentalists, most of whom are CLUELESS, convinced lawmakers to ban them.

    • Ƭᴼᵀᴼᴿᴼ
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      2 months agoReport

      Another thing to consider - power companies will turn around and say, "we are not generating the revenue we were expecting" as consumers become more energy efficient, giving them a reason to raise rates! It happened in my state back in the 90's with CFL, it will happen again!

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  • 2 months ago

    1) They are a waste of money, using so much more electricity and failing so quickly.

    2) They have all that poisonous lead on the bottom of them that slowly vaporizes as current goes through it.

    3) They are somewhat unsafe as they produce so much heat- could cause fires or burns.

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  • 2 months ago

    Incandescent bulbs have been phased out because LEDs are better for the consumer cost and efficiency wise. LEDs are much cheaper because they last longer and they waste less energy. They also don't get hot, therefore posing less of a safety hazard.

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  • Murzy
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    The old bulbs use more energy but there are still millions being sold until they are used up.

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