Poor Thomas Edison. Sure, he’s been dead for 70 years but lately I’ve been feeling a bit bad for the guy as his 131-year old invention, the incandescent light bulb, has become a political hot potato
, a “Colbert Report” punchline
, and an object of anxiety
as of late. Hell, back in January, chocolate bunny-melting
LED manufacturer Cree
Mr. Edison to step kindly aside, instructing him that, “we’ll take it from here.”
That said, I think Edison would be in favor of the light bulb efficiency standards outlined in Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007
. Starting next year, this misunderstood piece of legislation — Brian Clark Howard
sets things straight in a great editorial
— will require inefficient 100-watt incandescent bulbs, as they exist now, to be phased out. I'd I like to think Edison, a forward-thinking guy, would support advancements in energy-efficient lighting technology. What I don’t think Edison would support is the reactionary “repeal light bulb efficiency mandates” circus helmed by Michele Bachmann
, Rush Limbugh, and the like. He's most likely rolling in his grave because of it.
Luckily, I think I’ve found something that might damper Edison’s grave-rolling: Room & Board
’s new series of reclaimed timber table/stools
handcrafted entirely from beams salvaged from Edison’s phonograph factory in New London, Wisconsin. These one-of-a-kind red pine beauties aren’t exactly cheap — the four sizes range in price from $279 to $349 — but keep in mind that they’re limited edition and come equipped with a pretty rich historical backstory. I think the Father of Invention himself would approve.
these "Reclaimed Shapes" over at Room & Board. I’m guessing that these character-filled, Edison-celebrating home accents will disappear a lot more quickly than the incandescent light bulb.