100-watt bulb has been legislated out of existence

It was only a matter of time. The traditional 100-watt bulb has been legislated out of existence. Its comforting yellow glow has been snuffed out for good. All thanks to your elected officials in the U.S. government.  This looks to be the beginning of the end for incandescent lighting. 75-watt bulbs are set to be phased out next year followed by 40 and 60-watt bulbs in 2014. So, beginning this January, manufacturers of the 100-watt bulb are ceasing to produce the light bulb that kept the boogeyman away when we were little and illuminated our first comic book when we learned to read. Consequently, lighting manufacturers are shifting their focus from incandescent light bulbs to CFL, Halogen and LED bulbs, all of which offer greater energy efficiency and longer bulb life. And nobody appears to be shedding a tear for the demise of the outlawed 100-watt bulb. After all, these newer bulbs have been shown to be four to five times more efficient than their incandescent predecessors. Of course, there are plenty of people that don’t like change, even if it helps to lower our electric bills. You will find these change-adverse people loading up their shopping carts with 100-watt bulbs until there are no more on store shelves. People are funny like that. So maybe that old joke about how many people it takes to change a light bulb was missing the larger point. Sometimes, light bulbs change all by themselves.