Cranks My Tractor

Published: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 09:16 AM.

They say people who have Lupus and other auto-immune type disorders can get severe rashes from fluorescent lights. I don’t know if that is accurate, but my Mama suffered from Lupus and I wouldn’t have wanted her or anybody else getting severe rashes.

The scary part is with some of these lights, you need a manual to cleanup your floor/house if you break one. Oh, none of us would ever break a light bulb, would we? The Environmental Protection Agency has a very specific list of 10 or so steps that you should take if you need to clean up after you drop a newfangled light bulb.

But the new bulbs last longer….

The new ones do last longer if you turn them on and leave them on. However, if you switch them on and off a lot, it affects how long they will last. So just leave them on all the time? The same 7-letter crossword solution mentioned previously comes to mind.

I do not know all of the specifics, I just know the last light bulb manufacturer in the U.S. closed in 2010 (Winchester, VA). This new ban on light bulbs was also going to create jobs. Again, maybe I’m missing something.

All I know is that I like the old light bulbs and I like the sound they make when I drop one by mistake on a hardwood floor. It goes “WHHHOPPP” in a beautiful way that Edison’s mother would appreciate. I get the broom and the dustpan and I clean it up. I don’t call the EPA.

So for Christmas this year, I’d like a whole lot of incandescent light bulbs, some of Thomas Edison’s father’s “great energy” and to continue knowing my Mama believed in me.

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