What a Bright Idea! New Hampshire Man Hoards 3500 Rare Lightbulbs
Incandescent light bulbs banned?
A New Hampshire man decides to shed light on the problem and hoards 3500!
What a bright idea!
Talk about a lightbulb moment. Incandescent light bulbs are banned in the US but there’s one guy who is lighting a candle instead of cursing the darkness.
So to speak.
Kevin Szmyd, a 25-year-old software developer from New Hampshire is not happy about the nationwide ban, so he dropped thousands of dollars to hoard around 3,500 incandescents, so he has a lifetime supply.
A little background: On August 1, incandescent light bulbs were banned in the US. The new guidelines, originated during Obama’s presidency, were rejected by the Trump administration.
But thanks (or no thanks to a new administration) the near-total ban has gone into effect. Those who already have the bulbs, however, will be able to keep them.
Sweet! And that sent Szmyd into action.
Szmyd is a member of a Facebook group named “Antique incandescent lamp/light bulb collectors.”
The group is for bulb enthusiasts. (God, there is something for everyone out there.)
Members swap stories about their collections, help ID models, and answer questions people have about light bulbs.
Szmyd believes that the government is “overreaching”.
“I don’t think that the government should be involved with making the customer make a decision,” Szmyd told Insider. “I think it’s a little silly for a government to go in and say, ‘we don’t think you’re going to make the best decision with buying light bulbs. So we’re going to prevent you from making the wrong decision.'”
The fact is, he’s not really wrong.
These old-timers might not be energy-efficient, but they sure know how to set the mood.
He found the bulbs on places such as Facebook marketplace, Craigslist, and eBay.
“I consider it a lifetime supply,” he told Insider. “. And I have almost exactly the amount of bulbs I’m going to need for the next 75 years.”