The Gillespie clan has been using incandescent light bulbs to light our various hovels since Thomas Edison invented them in 1879. Before that, we used oil from the rendered fat of our vanquished enemies, so family legend goes.

But the tectonic plates in home lighting started shifting when compact fluorescent lights started showing up on shelves, and my kids started bringing home coloring pages from school on Earth Day (or is it now Week? Month?) showing smiling, eco-conscious parents in sensible shoes and slacks screwing those twisty CFLs into their ceiling lights. And the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which I didn’t read, set new efficiency standards for light bulbs, which I didn’t understand but were reportedly designed to phase out incandescent bulbs by this year.

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