You’re visiting your grandmother’s house out in the plains of Kansas. There’s a storm brewing, and the weather service has announced a Tornado Warning for the area.
Walking around the house shutting all the windows, you happen to notice that the sky has blackened. Looking up, you spot something ominous approaching — a deadly tornado!
You quickly file everybody out of the house and into the storm cellar that sits beside the back porch. You cram the family down the narrows stairs and shut the cellar door behind you — you’re safe.
You walk down the stairs and feel around for the light switch. Finding it, you flip it with your finger. POP! The ancient bulb has exploded, leaving you all in the dark for the storm’s duration.
Modern light bulbs function quite differently from bulbs of old, even those made just 20 – 30 years ago. We have many varieties of LED, Halogen, Incandescent, and more.
Here’s a quick explanation about how modern light bulbs function:
Light bulbs today are designed to last years and years without failing, meaning the situation in your grandmother’s cellar could have been avoided had she been using, say, an eco bulb from General Electric.
Not only do bulbs last longer, but they use less energy as well, which lowers your monthly bill, even if you occasionally forget to turn them off when you leave the house.
We can interact with our homes using our smartphones now, which gives you better control over your home’s lighting, and gives you the tools to monitor your electric usage.
The days of stocking up on boxes and boxes of light bulbs in preparation for the inevitable burning-out of bulbs is nearly over. You can buy a home or rent an apartment, install eco bulbs in every light fixture, and not worry about replacing them for at least 10 – 20 years.
Here’s a smart bulb to consider purchasing the next time you break one.
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