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Light Bulb Conspiracy and planned obsolesence

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Old 08-15-2017, 09:58:01 PM
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Well that would take time,but for starters why is it morally right to sell something to someone knowing full well they will not get their moneys worth from it?

Why make a tire that will rot before it wears out? That unexpected blowout could get people killed.
Why sell paint that does not protect the item it is applied to for any length of time?

Just having to "Make a case for it" it would seem some folks agree it is ok to financially r-pe the American people and maintain the division of wealth and poverty. It makes it seem as if it is ok for people to do without because the item they bought failed shortly after the "warranty" expired.

All that along with the fact our landfills are now large enough mountains to make ski trails from should clue some folks in on the fact the chunk away society is not good for the environment.

The roots of the downfall of the middle class can be found in those ideas.
A tv repairman could take a course he bought thru a magazine ,build a small shop in his back yard and support his family.
But instead folks want the tv's made so they fail in 2 years and not be repairable.thus shifting jobs to china and doing away with his. Most middle class folks in the 50's and 60's were not college grads. It was still to costly for other than bright folks or the wealthy to attend.

As for "keeping the factorys busy" . as a example,Gm can build trucks in 2018, full size sedans in 2019,compacts in 2020. Repeat process.
For the moment that will give you some fodder to chew on.

I'm not swayed by the above.

Pardon the , but...

I design stuff for a living and have been doing it for a long time. Any product that has been well-designed has a 'designed' lifetime. Call it 'planned obsolescence' if you want. I do not, for example, want to have to pay for a TV designed to last 100 years. It'd be stupid to design that product in the first place, even if it was affordable (which it would NOT be) because the TV doesn't exist apart from the technology around it. I mean come on over and come pick up my 15-year old Dell PC and 14" monitor. It still works...

As I noted above, designing a light bulb that lasts 100 years is a trivial exercise, but it's of no practical value because of real-world design tradeoffs that have to be made.

But maybe you'd say that 100 years is the wrong number, and so someone could intelligently come up with 'better' lifetimes for products...

So instead of the concept of caveat emptor we'd have your constitutional amendment. What? To protect buyers from using their own brain to make good choices? And instead we'd have a new 48-story Department of Obsolescence Prevention and Management building in D.C., full of thousands of federal employees.

Their job would be to review and analyze all new products being put on the US market - much like the FDA does with drugs now? And they'd set the standards so that cheap Chinese chain saws can't be sold here unless its proven they last for 12.38 years, a standard they established for chain saws after being lobbied by all the chain saw manufacturers, and answering to the politicians that appointed them? And any chain saw you buy will have spent 4 years in their review and approval process, and guess who gets to pay for that? But hey, at least you'd have a chain saw with the US Dept of Obsolescence seal of approval on it. Yay.

And this is somehow better than individuals being responsible for their own buying choices?

Jeesh, I just don't see that ending well...

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Originally Posted by Frank DeWitt View Post
Keep in mind that if you screwed ten of their 10,000 75 Watt lamps into sockets to replace standard 1000 hour 60 Watt lamps, they'd use an extra 15 Watts each and over 10,000 hours that would cost you about $300 in electricity. AND, the 10,000 hour 75 Watt lamp puts out 25% LESS light.

So, yes it is long life, and that's wonderful. Sometimes. But it does come at a cost.
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Old 08-15-2017, 10:55:33 PM
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"And this is somehow better than individuals being responsible for their own buying choices?"

The trouble with your system is our choices are to limited. We are not given the option of buying what could be considered the "Best", as in the 100 year tv or bulb.If it aint there,how can we choose it? . Caveat emptor ,heck we are aware, we can't help that we can't buy the best.It aint there!

Sadly in today's fast paced world, chances are as the designer your hands could be tied by corporate.Telling you for example, "cut cost by 10% on the next model" You may have a idea to improve the device,but your boss just wants to cut cost and continue to milk the public cow .

I can't see needing a lot of enforcement of a obsolesce law.
Quite simple really. If you make your living designing things, perhaps this would simply put you in a position to think and come up with far better ideas instead of changing the colors of a display and calling it the improved model at a 10% price hike.Or changing digital code in a computer program to be 10% faster but not compatible with the old system.
You as a designer would be inclined to think a bit more and redesign the product to be more efficient,lighter weight,longer lasting and those improvements advertised properly would be the incentive for the public to voluntarily replace their old equipment.
Oh in typing that I realized advertising is already used to push out the old stuff, as in to get cheaper made, shorter life span equipment in the hands of the consumer. Because it is pink or because it shaves as well as tells the weather. It's original function lost in history. Example ,cellphone. Now a damn cell phone will do everything BUT make a phone call .
But I am in total agreement with your statements regarding the government department would run like the FDA and would be a 3 ring circus that would not be trustworthy.
As for my cheap chainsaw as a example,I am 50 years old and partially handicapped so I feel I will need a chainsaw for my limited use to last about 10 years.By then my hip will be done for and my balance issues worse. I see no reason why the saw I bought wouldn't last 10 years or so..
Now if I was 20 and able bodied, the best saw I can buy is only rated for 300 hours for it's emissions. Which means it would last ok for 350 or so before it fizzles.,There is where my statement about limited choice comes in. If I want to pay a 1000 dollars for a 20 inch chainsaw when I am 20 years old and not have ever buy another 1 long as I live,it is my money,it should be my choice.

As for your computer that is 15 years old,um, if it was local I would probably take you up on that! Why you might ask?
Because planned obsolescence in computers keeps me and 10's of 1000's of others in a state of constant confusion trying to relearn technology and methods of accomplishing the same task our old equipment that big corporate phased out did problem free.

Sadly while on that subject, It also cost a lot money and time for company's to retrain personal to run the "new and improved" equipment. Cost they have to pass on to the customer.

As for the 100 year bulb, a friend of mine retired as a maintenance man for a huge Methodist church recently. 1 of the hardest task he had to perform was changing bulbs The ceiling was high in the main building. A folding ladder,ha not a chance. I think the highest bulb was 40 feet up?
It required several days and scaffolding to change bulbs.That church budget committee would have cheerfully paid more money for bulbs that once in,could stay in for years while he performed other task.

Interesting topic,that deserves a civil discussion,rather we see eye to eye or not.
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The one thing I am sure I don't want is laws to help me or protect me. Remember sealed beam headlights that kept the US in the dark long after other countries had better lighting? As for chainsaws. What would happened if they were regulated and you decided to buy a battery powered electric chain saw? My personal favorite BTW. You can't do that. The muffler doesn't meat the required standard, and the fuel tank filler is not on the same side as the chain oil filler.

A friend of mine built a electric car way before they were popular. He took it to be inspected and failed because he didn't have a muffler. No I am not making that up.

I will chose my products my self. Just please please don't help me.
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I calculated the inrush current of an incandescent lamp once. I think in rush current is ~ 15X running current. The filament doesn't have much resistance till it heats up. That huge inrush makes a large magnetic force that moves and stresses the filament.

Ok update 150 watt bulb is 6.8 ohms when cold. So at 120V that's 17.4 amps. 150 watt at 120V is 1.25 amps. So inrush is 1.4/1.25 = ~ 14 X running amps.

I also remember seeing the 100 year fire station bulb in a video. Looks like it's running pretty dim, maybe a 140 V bulb running at 120V

Think in the old days they used to sell in-rush limiters for light bulbs. Size of a quarter and ~ 2-3 times the thickness. Drop it in socket and screw in the bulb. They used to sell flashers too, they looked the same, would make bulb flash.

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Interesting. That initial current must be for a very short time?

They did say the bulb is producing much less light now than it did when new. I guess it is wearing out, just very slowly.

You can see it here on the webcam: Of course, they've worn out two webcams, but the bulb is still going.
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Dimming........Likely tungsten vapor depositing on inside of the glass.

14X inrush...... I have two 150 watt floodlights outside on one switch. ~ 32 amp inrush. When I switch them on I notice the ceiling florescent light dims briefly, it's on the same circuit. So I think 14x inrush is real.

Inrush should be very brief , filament has very little thermal mass, and should come up to white hot operating temp almost instantly. I looked at a filament once wire is coiled into a spring shape, then coiled again into another spring shape.

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At the very end of the Bright Lights site, they state that they only sell to retail companies. Any retailers willing to sell at wholesale prices to the public?

For most owners of DC light plants, only incandescent lights will work. it's hard to find 32 volt bulbs, and 110s are now becoming hard to get as well.

Sources for these bulbs???
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