You can no longer purchase this very common house hold item normally found in Utah homes.

In fact, you probably have a couple of these sitting in your sockets right now. This is the incandescent light bulb. You know the one that lights up a filament inside with electricity. A guy named Thomas Edison invented it and changed the world from using candles. That’s the one. It is now illegal to buy one. 

Photo by Robert Wiedemann on Unsplash
Photo by Robert Wiedemann on Unsplash

It’s not just Utah, but the whole nation has removed these kinds of bulbs from store shelves. The Energy Department  has decided it is time we all moved on to LED bulbs. You are already familiar with LED and probably have already moved to these bulbs as they last a lot longer and save you money in the long run. 

The reason we have still had access to incandescent bulbs is because the Trump Administration slowed down the transition to give businesses more time to make the replacement of all their lights. But now under the Biden Administration, the time has come to say goodbye to the light bulb we grew up with. 

The new LED bulbs are said to be better for the environment because they last longer and don’t create much heat. Speaking of, if you put an LED bulb in your Barbie oven, it won’t heat the cake and cook it. You’ll have to ask your mom to use the real oven. 

I have found that if you have the older dimmer switches in your home, the new LEDs don’t always work right. They do make a version that works better with these switches that cost a little more. Other than that, I’m not worried about seeing the old light bulbs go, except for the feeling of nostalgia I get when I think of dropping one and having it make that cool popping sound. 

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