We’re Shipping our Incandescent Bulbs to California

I'm leaving a bunch of sentimental Ultimate Frisbee T-shirts behind, but we're taking our stash of incandescent light bulbs when we move to California.


Packed up the bulbs and moved to Californ ...

By Julie Jacobson
April 02, 2012
We have a 20-cubic-yard dumpster parked in our driveway right now, as we purge the house of stuff before moving to California.

Gone are a huge batch of sentimental Ultimate Frisbee tournament T-shirts and memorabilia. Gone is a vintage record-player console that worked fine and looked cool. Gone is my 30-year-old shot-glass collection.

We’re moving to a smaller place, and we’re in a hurry, so we just had to purge.

But one thing we didn’t toss? Our hoard of incandescent light bulbs.

We amassed a few dozen bulbs of the “outlawed” lights before the federal ban, part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, went into effect this year.

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I believe you can still pick up the bulbs in Minnesota, where I live currently, but definitely not in my new home state of California, which implemented the ban even before the January 1, 2012 deadline.

As a bonus, while clearing out our storage area, we found some more contraband: about two dozen bulbs that we’ll add to the “move” pile.

I joked in 2009 that a massive black market for incandescents would emerge, thanks to government intervention in the bulb market. Let’s test that theory. Do I hear 50 cents $5 for an incandescent light?

In the meantime, I think I’ll get me an old Easy Bake Oven!

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