Another Reason to Hoard Incandescents: Easy Bake Oven

Some 13% of Americans plan to stock up on incandescent light bulbs before the 2012 phase-out, and this could be one reason why

The original Hasbro Easy Bake oven uses a 100W incandescent light bulb as a heat source. No wonder 13% of Americans plan to hoard the bulbs before the mandatory phase-out beginning in 2012.

As if the impending ban on incandescent light bulbs weren’t bad enough. Now we learn of another casualty: Hasbro’s original Easy Bake Oven.

The iconic toy has always used a 100-watt bulb as its heat source and, well, LED lights and CFLs just don’t generate enough heat to bake a cookie.

Hasbro said in a statement, “We are aware that the 100-watt incandescent light bulb will no longer be available beginning in 2012. In Fall 2011, Hasbro will launch the Easy Bake Ultimate Oven, introducing a new way to bake for the next generation of chefs. This new oven features a heating element that does not use a light bulb and offers an extensive assortment of mixes reflective of the hottest baking trends for today.”

Support Light Bulb Freedom of Choice
Young chefs, unite! Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachman has reintroduced legislation in the U.S House to repeal the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Her resolution, the Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act, comes two months after Texas Rep. Joe Barton’s Better Use of Light Bulbs Act. “The government has no business telling an individual what kind of light bulb to buy,” says Bachmann.

According to a December 2010 survey by bulb maker Osram Sylvania, about 13 percent of the population plans to hoard 100-watt incandescent bulbs.

Collectors of vintage Easy Bake Ovens no doubt will boost that number.

Much as been written about the Easy Bake saga, but my favorite headline is this: Politicians kill the traditional Easy-Bake Oven.

Already, California has begun the incandescent phaseout, even though the federal Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 does not officially take effect until January 1, 2012.

Are you hoarding incandescents for your lighting-control customers?

[via GreenBiz]

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Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at [email protected]

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