SULTAN JESSA: Incandescent bulbs will be hard to find

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If your home has light bulbs that need replacing, you will find out that incandescent light bulbs will be harder to find.

This is because the federal government ban on incandescent bulbs went into effect January 1, 2014.

However, retails are allowed to sell their existing stocks of the old-fashioned bulbs.

Manufacturers will not be producing or sending incandescent bulbs to retailers and wholesalers in Canada.

When the time comes to replace your burnt out bulb, you will have to the new and more energy efficient bulbs.

This means you will have no choice but to buy compact fluorescent bulbs or CFLs or light-emitting diodes or LEDs.

Sixty and 40 watt incandescent bulbs will be gradually phased out.

Researching the history of incandescent bulbs revealed these bulbs made their debut on Jan. 27, 1880 when US inventor Thomas Edison presented his “electric lamp.”

Others also played a part in the introduction of these bulbs.

Among them were Canadian Henry Woodward and Mathew Evans, whose 1874 light patent bulb was bought by Edison.

In incandescent light bulbs, an electric current passes through a filament that heats up and glows inside a glass bulb.

The incandescent bulbs brought North America into the electric age.

I replaced many of my incandescent bulbs several years ago.

However, in recent years more and more people are seemingly disappointed by the fluorescent bulbs.

I think it’s a matter of what you like and prefer.

Reports suggest in 1882, the Canada Cotton Co., in Cornwall, Ont, became the first Canadian company to install electric lights.

Edison personally supervised the installation.

The Seaway City thus made not only Canadian but world history.

Soon after that lights went on in the Parliament building and by 1905 lighting of Canadian cities was well on the way.

Electric lights drastically changed the way people spent their evenings and also allowed people to work around the clock.

The fluorescent lights made their debut in late 1900s.

At the beginning the compact fluorescent bulbs were more expensive.

Since then the prices have evened out.

You can now buy compact fluorescent bulbs at Dollar stores and also many other bargain stores.

Organizations: Canada Cotton Co.

Geographic location: US, North America, Cornwall Seaway

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