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Toshiba Ends Incandescent Bulb Production After 120 Years 430

angry tapir writes "Toshiba has stopped production of mass-market incandescent light bulbs, putting an end to a 120-year manufacturing history of the products. The company, which is one of Japan's largest makers of lighting products, had planned to halt production next year but brought up the date by a year. It will now focus on more energy efficient products, including LED (light-emitting diode) lights, which contain a handful of white LEDs and draw a fraction of the power of incandescent bulbs."
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Toshiba Ends Incandescent Bulb Production After 120 Years

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  • by GPLDAN ( 732269 ) on Wednesday March 17, 2010 @09:44AM (#31507646)
    Kids in 2082 studying history:

    Teacher: And in 1960, it was John Kennedy who said 'It is better to light a LED than to curse the darkness....'"
  • by Culture20 ( 968837 ) on Wednesday March 17, 2010 @09:49AM (#31507712)
    I think by now you can stop expanding the LED acronym, especially on slashdot. Or are you someone who insists on putting devices for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation on sharks' heads?
  • by Scutter ( 18425 ) on Wednesday March 17, 2010 @10:04AM (#31507900) Journal

    Don't forget the price of convenience, changing a bulb can be incredibly annoying when they're in an awkward location or housing.

    That's why I never step it up to Red Alert.

  • by xaxa ( 988988 ) on Wednesday March 17, 2010 @10:38AM (#31508364)

    You claim a:
    (X) medical ( ) economic ( ) environmental (X) aesthetic
    issue with CFL or LED-produced light. Your view is incorrect and/or irrelevant, here's why:

    ( ) Double-blind tests have proved people don't notice the difference anyway
    (X) There is no evidence that CFL or LED light causes headaches
    (X) The bulbs are available with different colour temperatures
    ( ) Modern CFLs attain full brightness very quickly
    ( ) LED bulbs attain full brightness instantly
    ( ) You are basing your argument on a 50-cent bulb bought at a discount store.
    ( ) Producing the extra electricity required to use an incandescent bulb releases more mercury into the atmosphere than is in a CFL
    ( ) Your oil/gas central heating is more efficient than using lights to heat your house
    ( ) You have to cool your house using inefficient air conditioning for most of the year
    ( ) The savings are negligible, compared to other efficiency gains that could be made
    ( ) As demand increases new bulbs will reduce in price

  • by SnarfQuest ( 469614 ) on Wednesday March 17, 2010 @11:41AM (#31509270)

    The rectal, or the other kind?

I am more bored than you could ever possibly be. Go back to work.