Later Light Bulb! The Light Bulb Is Now A Thing Of The Past

by Lindsay Shapka in ,


Here lies the incandescent light bulb — 1880-2014...

It had a long life — ever since Thomas Edison patented his "electric lamp" in January of 1880 — but on January 1, 2014 the light bulb as we know it stopped being produced and stocked in Canada. 

The light bulb was a revolutionary invention, that propelled North America into the electric age by passing an electric current through a filament that heats up and glows. That warm glow is, sadly, the reason why the incandescent bulb is being phased out. 

To put it plainly, it is inefficient — 90% of the electricity it uses is consumed as heat, and it has a fairly short lifespan of only about 900 hours. Compare that to the compact fluorescent light bulbs that lasts for about 10,000 hours, or the LED light bulbs that last for 25,000 hours and you can see why — with our growing concern about conserving energy and global warming — this bulb is being yanked from production. 

The US and European Union have also enacted bans, and soon it seems that Edison's invention will only be found in the pages of our history books.