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.

We’re Shipping our Incandescent Bulbs to California
Packed up the bulbs and moved to Californ ...
Julie Jacobson · April 2, 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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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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