Today's Wonder of the World is...The Old Fashioned Light Bulb! My Love for It, and Crazy Things I Might Do With It Since I Can't Let It Go.
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No, I haven't lost my mind.
Didn't you hear?
Way back in December, the American congress passed an energy bill banning incandescent bulbs by the year 2014.
I don't know about what's happening at your house, (what's happening there, by the way?) but at my house we're slowly switching over to these guys.
Flickr photo by Grey Wind
They look like ice cream cones to me.
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I'm not sure I like that.
Besides giving me a constant urge to hop in my car and hightail it to the Dairy Queen, those fluorescent bulbs just aren't as quick to light up as my old favorites were.
Don't hate me or call me an Earth Hater. I'm not. The earth is my favorite planet!
I know I'm a little nutzo for begrudging the split second longer that the fluorescent bulbs take to light up. I recognize that. And I'll get over it. I'm sure I will.
I'm switching to fluorescent bulbs also because they're four to six times more efficient than incandescent bulbs. And they last longer. So they don't crowd the landfills as much.
Yey fluorescent bulbs. I'm all for less in the landfills.
But I do love my old favorites.
So does Michelle over at Dadadreams.
Flickr photo by Dadadreams
I love her caption: When they danced together, no one was better. They loved to trip the light fantastic. They were incandescent. They lit up the room. They fit together like a bulb in a socket. More than anything else, they were light on their feet.
Click Here for her etsy site and find all sorts of wonderfully fun things!
Oh well. I'll get used to my new ice cream lights.
But until then, every time I see a white crocus, I'll pine for my old love.
Flickr photo by Lani Barbitta
Don't they look like light bulbs to you?
And what about the old light bulb over the head thing?
If they draw an ice cream bulb over Sally Forth, everyone will think she's craving ice cream!
We could go back to candles
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But it just isn't the same.
And what to do with all those old incandescent bulbs?
Have I got ideas for you!
Take off the end.
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You can find directions here. It also tells you how to make it into a Sea Monkey Condo! What more could you want from me people? A SEA MONKEY CONDO!
Or how about a light bulb terrarium?
Flickr photo by JohnKit
Or a light bulb aquarium?
Flickr photo by czuppongergely
Or how about Christmas ornaments?
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Or something more groovy, with polymer clay?
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Aren't those gorgeous?
But you know, as long as we're saving the world, we might as well be flower children!
You can find the stand here.
So what do you think? Love the new bulbs? Hate them?
Will you actually make a sea monkey condo, or are you afraid of sea monkeys?
Have a Wonder-full Wednesday, y'all!
And before you go, linger just a few seconds longer to watch one of my favorite commercials. It's full of light bulb love. Enjoy!