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Monday, June 19, 2017

The BBC recently pointed out our prehistoric ancestors needed to gather and chop "wood 10 hours a day for six days ... [in order to] produce 1,000 lumen hours of light ... That is the equivalent of one modern light bulb shining for just 54 minutes, although what you would actually get is many more hours of dim, flickering light instead." Even when better alternatives, such as candles, became available, it was still prohibitively expensive to light the house for the common person. Further, the first candles were produced from animal fat and not from the clean burning paraffin wax we use today, producing a flickering smelly flame. ... George Washington calculated that five hours of reading per night cost him £8 yearly - well over $1,000 in today's dollars.

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The light bulb changed everything.

By 1900, 60 hours of work could provide 10 days of light. The light bulbs would burn 100 times as bright as a candle, steadily and inodorously. By 1920, 60 hours of work could already pay for 5 months of stable light. By 1990, that increased to 10 years of light. Today? 52 years.

And progress has not stopped yet. LED lights continue to become cheaper and cheaper.

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The amount of labor that once bought 54 minutes of light now buys 52 years of light. The cost has fallen by a factor of 500,000 and the quality of that light has transformed from unstable and risky to clean, safe, and controllable.

As the site's heading states: Human Progress.

#1 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-06-18 02:26 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Have we won the war on incandescent bulbs yet?

#2 | Posted by 726 at 2017-06-18 02:56 PM | Reply

"Have we won the war on incandescent bulbs yet?"

Well, I know we LED at one point....

#3 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-06-18 03:08 PM | Reply | Funny: 6

One thing I miss. Incandescence helped warm a room on a cold winter's night.

#4 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-06-18 03:40 PM | Reply

Incandescence helped warm a room on a cold winter's night.

Largely because they are heaters that happen to give off some light.

#5 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-06-18 03:59 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Largely because they are heaters that happen to give off some light.

#5 | POSTED BY REDIAL

yep. Plus, they are as closer to the color temperature of natural sunlight than any other light source.

#6 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-06-18 07:49 PM | Reply

Plus, they are as closer to the color temperature of natural sunlight than any other light source.

I'm not so sure about that. Evening light perhaps, but not morning. Full daylight is around 5000 K and incandescents are way warmer than that.

#7 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-06-18 07:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

LED rocks compared to incandescent and fluorescent. Not only do they have crazy long life and crazy low wattage per lumen. They also can be found in a wide range of color temperatures from 2700-6500 K. They don't have the flicker or warm up time of CFL and 10 of them take about the same wattage of 1 incandescent.

Now that you can find them as cheap as 1.25 per bulb there isn't any reason not to switch, unless like Laura you want the warmth.

#8 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2017-06-18 08:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

LED rocks compared to incandescent and fluorescent.

Absolutely. My house is full of Phillips HUE smartbulbs. Expensive still, but awesome.

#9 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-06-18 08:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

PSA:

You plant bulbs in the garden.

You screw lamps into sockets.

Thank you, that is all.

#10 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-06-18 11:20 PM | Reply

Yet the cost of Darkness is still eternal.

#11 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-06-18 11:34 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Incandescence helped warm

I also loved the clip clop of carriages on the cobblestone streets.

#12 | Posted by 726 at 2017-06-19 07:29 AM | Reply | Funny: 3

In other good news, a Spanish bullfighter was gored to death over the weekend. Ole!

#13 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2017-06-19 04:45 PM | Reply

Did anybody ever figure out the speed of dark?

Long live Stephen Wright

#14 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-06-19 06:00 PM | Reply

I remember the Republicans fighting against this. It was led by Michelle Bachmann.

#15 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-06-19 07:11 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

LED bulbs + Echo Dot = 👍

#16 | Posted by madscientist at 2017-06-19 07:24 PM | Reply

Yet the cost of Darkness is still eternal.

#11 | Posted by HeliumRat

Only if at the Time of Judgement Osiris finds that your heart is heavier than the feather of Truth.

#17 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-06-19 07:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

These newfangled lights are killing our timber industry.

Bring back torches and fireplaces.

Make america great again.

Adurrrrrr.

#18 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-06-20 01:18 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

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