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Without Light Bulbs

Updated on March 19, 2011

Life Without Light Bulbs

Why didn’t I think of that?

Think of what?

Why haven’t I thought of life without light bulbs?

Well I guess they are so much common place now, it's hard to even notice them at all. Yes, not until you need to change one or buy new ones because you need to drastically reduce your mounting light bill.

Well, I haven’t really thought about it myself. Well, not until yesterday, when I was almost pulled over because my car’s left front headlight was busted.

Oh well, now at least I have to think about light bulbs. I have to buy new ones. I most probably have to purchase two and change both front headlights. And I have to check if it was the low beam or the high beam bulbs. And lastly, I need to know the part numbers.

Yes, there are just so much to know about light bulbs and most everyday things that we almost always take for granted.

One thing I do know is that you probably know the so-called light bulb jokes.

Light Bulb Jokes

Well if you don’t, then all it is are jokes that have been passed down from generation to generation, normally derogatory and goes something like “How many such and such does it take to change a light bulb?”

Here’s an example:

Question: How many software engineers (programmers) does it take to change a light bulb?

Answer: None, because that is a hardware problem.

I do not really get it though. Why pick on the light bulb? But again why not the light bulb?

I have known of a lot of inventions that have changed the world and how we have lived our lives for the last one hundred years or so.

And there are a big number of inventions of yesteryears wherein many people of today take for granted. And if you take away many of these brilliant inventions, most of us living today will probably not survive the next 24 hours.

Without Light Bulbs

Now, like me, you might not think of light bulbs in that way.

But think about it, without light bulbs, you probably will be asleep by now (yes depending where you are in the world).

Without light bulbs, you will probably be lighting a match and using a candle or a lamp.

Without light bulbs, you will probably be more scared of the dark than ever before.

And we can go on and on, much like we can go on and on and on with the light bulb jokes.

But then again because we do have the light bulb, we have all the other neat inventions that came about because of it. And you sitting out there reading this can probably see at least four, five or six other inventions that you using right now only because somebody names Thomas Edison invented the light bulb and yes electricity.

Today we have a dozen types of light bulbs and you probably have many of them burning inside your house or where ever you right now. Yes, I don’t even want to know where you are right now.

Different Types Of Light Bulbs

Throughout the years, we have seen lot of different types and lot of different sizes and shapes of light bulbs. And here are some of them:

The Incandescent

There are the incandescent light bulbs, and these are probably the de facto light bulbs. And you probably have used a lot of these types of light bulbs in your lifetime. Well, okay if you are a lot younger, then probably not a whole lot. Because these types of light bulbs are not really that efficient and not really energy-efficient either. And because of these, there will come a time when the incandescent bulbs will be eventually phased out.

Check out Wiki for that: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incandescent_light_bulb

The Fluorescent

Now we come to the fluorescent light bulbs. I know it does sound and look a whole lot like the incandescent. But it works in a totally different way. And if you are older then you are probably familiar with them.  They are normally the familiarly long tubular light bulbs and they are sometimes called fluorescent light tubes or fluorescent tubes.

The Compact Fluorescent

Today we have the newer type of fluorescents, called the Compact Fluorescent Lamps (the CFLs). Now these CFLs give out more light than the Fluorescents and of course the Incandescents. And they do so with even less energy, they are smaller and they last longer. You can tell them by their weird shapes, many are still tubular only a whole lot smaller, coily or spiral.

Check them out here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compact_fluorescent_lamp

 

High Intensity Discharge

We also have the Mercury bulbs, the Halogen bulbs, the Metal Halide bulbs, the High Pressure Sodium and a handful of other High Intensity Discharge (HID) and a few other types of bulbs, which most people aren’t familiar with.

LED

Now we also have the LED bulbs. LED is short for Light Emitting Diodes. And this kind of bulb uses no filaments, as opposed to most of the earlier types of light bulbs. They use even lesser energy and also have a long life span. And yes, your next television set or the new television you have right now is probably an LED TV.

Now if you use a lot of lights in your place, then I would suggest that you study all the different ways to save on your lighting bill.

There is a one page link that you can check out and it outlines ten ways to do just that:

Check it out here:

http://www.energystar.gov/ia/partners/promotions/change_light/downloads/10_Ways_to_Save.pdf

Now do your homework and start saving. And think about light bulbs more often.

And that’s an idea.

That's An Idea!
That's An Idea!

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  • whooops profile imageAUTHOR

    whooops 

    8 years ago from Southern California

    Thanks lindsays!

  • lindsays5624 profile image

    lindsays5624 

    8 years ago

    I like the variations on the classic light bulb jokes and you have some other good factual information here.

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