One of the Brightest Stars of British Blogland sent me this picture, with a link to the Daily Mail article where you can read the full story. One might ask what a Nice Girl like the B.S. of B. Blogland was doing reading the Daily Mail, but let that pass . . .
Look at that! It's a filament electric light bulb that's been lighting somebody's life almost continuously since 1901 . . . that's 110 years ago! (Full story linked above)
In the modern consumer society when lots and lots of folk change their cars because the screen needs washed and their kitchens because the hobs need cleaned and buy a new sofa because DHS keeps telling them they need to buy a new sofa - I exaggerate of course but only slightly . . who wants a light bulb that lasts A HUNDRED YEARS! Particularly one as ugly as that.
That's not really the point, is it? The point is, if light bulbs made a hundred years ago lasted . . er . . er . . a hundred years, why do modern light bulbs last for about as long as it takes you to jump down off the stool? Oh surely I don't need to spell it out for you? It's because Osram, Philips etc don't want them to. They want you to nip round to B&Q or Morrisons and fill your trolley with enough bulbs to last you till today week. BTW . . see this guff they tell you about "average life 1000 hours" True, as long as the bulb is UNSHADED, HANGING VERTICALLY DOWN, and is NEVER switched off after it's first switched on.
A thoroughgoing commitment to a low energy policy would see the Government requiring firms to make consumables and (so-called) durables that last a reasonable length of time. Another example that really annoys me . . fridge/freezer door seals. Unless you're unlucky enough to buy one with a "Friday afternoon" motor or compressor unit, the component that finally sees off your fridge/freezer will be the door seals, which gradually harden and crack until they no longer seal properly and then the unit ices up in no time. Solution. Buy and fit new seals. Ever tried to find a replacement seal for a unit more than about 6 months old? No, bloggers, the solution that Hopoint, Ariston, Bosch etc want you to go for is a new £250 unit, not a new £25 set of door seals. Something to do with GDP or something . . growing the economy.
I could get REALLY ANGRY about the shocking deterioration in the impact resistance of McVitie's Digestive Biscuits, but I'm sure you've all got the point.