TRIBUTE to the incandescent bulb

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Since Thomas Edison invented the incandescent light bulb, around 150 years ago, quite a few things have changed.

Nowadays, the new worldwide trend is to change to energy saving, environmentally friendly light bulbs so as to help cut carbon dioxide emissions and safeguard our environment.

Government policy, already or about to be enacted at a global level, is forcing users to switch to more energy efficient lighting alternatives, such as compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and LED lamps.


At the beginning of 2009, the Swiss government placed a ban on the sale of all Class F and G light bulbs which, however, only go to cover a small percentage of decorative and special purpose bulbs unlike the more commonly used Class E.

The European Union has agreed to phase out incandescent light bulbs by 2012.

Each single member state shall decide upon how to go about enforcing the new policy.

For example, Italy has legislated to ban the sale of incandescent bulbs by 2010, while the United Kingdom has called upon the help of shopkeepers to voluntarily phase out the sale of incandescent bulbs by 2011.


California will phase out the use of incandescent bulbs by 2018.

All government buildings throughout the U.S. switched to fluorescent lighting. However, many of these efforts fell through when the federal Clean Energy Act of 2007 was passed on December 19, 2007. The new law will ban (by January 2014) incandescent bulbs that produce 310 - 2600 lumens of light.

Bulbs outside this range (light bulbs currently under 40 Watts or above 150 Watts) are exempt from the ban. Several classes of special lights, including appliance lamps, "rough service" bulbs, 3-way, coloured lamps, and plant lights will be exempt.


Some countries in Central and South America e.g. Cuba, Brazil and Venezuela, have already phased out incandescent light bulbs. Others will follow suit: Philippines and Argentina by 2010, Canada and India by 2012. China, in 2007 agreed to phase out incandescent bulbs gradually. Australia banned the import of "non-complying lighting" as of November 2008 and by 2010, the sale incandescent bulbs will be banned altogether.

As with all radical innovations, the new bulbs will take a bit of getting used to but in the end, with an 80% cut in energy consumption, our planet and our pockets will definitely reap the benefits.

TRIBUTE to the incandescent bulb is a small symbolic object that Studio Massironi & C. designed at the end of 2009
with a two-fold intent: to celebrate the incandescent light bulb — which is gradually being phased out — and to underline the firm's expertise in lighting systems.

The concept: a bulb, screwed into a block of walnut wood, which lights up by way of a unique — and slightly magical — magnetic switch.

This object was created for nostalgic people, just like us, who don't want to forget the bulb with the bright,
old-fashioned filament.