"TRIBUTE" the END of Incandescent Globe




About: I work in a D.i.Y style superstore. I am not sure if that is a good thing or not, but it certainly perpetuates my interest in such areas. I enjoy high powered devices of any kind. I do not give in, ev...

The 'ible is to recognise the many years of inefficient yet functional light which they have produced for us.

Many nights I have spent crammed under an old car trying to find a problem.
My only warmth is the cozy glow of my 60w incandescent lead light.

I developed quite a friendship in those gloomy hours.
If I moved an inch, my world be delved into darkness.
My friend was never far behind, his flank a blinding glance of glowing rays.
The darkness is not, while you are by my side my friend.

With friendships they have their woes.
The hissing kiss of the cage to face, the sting, the burn.
The forgetting I'm under a car and throwing my head up and connecting it with the chassis.
The recoil from the impact and the reflex to redraw.
The impact with the concrete.
The lesson had been learnt. I will not do this again my friend.

I have spent many years with you my friend. Your elegant glow of electrons across you beautiful filament. Your yellow rays so subtle yet so captivating.

My friend it is time for you to go.
Better things lie ahead, but you will not be forgotten.
Your warmth, your friendship, they will not know what we had, what we could have been.

This is a simple project you too can re-create at home to symbolise the death of the Incandescent.

It is oddly symbolic that the newer more efficient LeD is running the whole affair.

I chose to use a fluctuating orange LeD to represent the idea of a Incandescent flickering right before it goes out.

You will need:

~ 1 x Incandescent light globe.

Slightly used but loved . Frosted or not, it just personal preference yet frosted will hide your LeD and wiring giving a more natural appearance. Here mine is frosted.

~ 1 x LeD

Any color will do. Obviously an orange LeD will give a more realistic look to it. A white LeD may give a crisp appealing look to the globe.

~ 1 x 3V coin battery cell

Other combinations of batteries will also work.

~ 2 x Wires pieces

About 5 cm each.

~ 1 x Tape

Electrical tape is preferred.


Use gloves and protective eye wear.

Remove insides as per the multiple 'Ible's posted at the moment....
Tap, tap, tap, crunch, crunch, crunch, tip out small bits....


Join your LeD in a suitable fashion to take on the general shape to position it mid globe.

Insert coin battery/LeD unit inside globe.


Re-crimp bottom flange over coin battery.

There you go, your very own energy efficient tribute to an un-efficient lighting source...

In tribute to my friend the Incandescent.
1800(Platinum Filament Sir Humphrey davy) -2008




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    10 Discussions


    10 years ago on Introduction

    cf bulbs, you can never replace the warm, soft glow of a 60 watt incandescent bulb..... but you look much cooler.

    7 replies

    Aye, I don't know anyone that uses cfs to replace the light in those hanging lamps for working on the car. That said, it is cold where I live, so the energy to heat expenditure is actually a positive thing. Plus, cfs don't seem to do very well below freezing. Incandescent bulbs are definitely less efficient, but they are less effected by the weather then cfs, and provide much more heat then either cfs or leds. If the heat is something you want from the lamp, incandescents are still the way to go. (unless they have come up with something better that is more energy efficient that I don't know about) That said, cool idea none the less.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    We did, 'cause we wanted one that would give off as much light as a 100W incandescent, but, the maximum wattage for the "trouble light" was only 60W, hence why we chose the CF at home...and on those sub-freezing days, it's not much of a waste to turn it on a couple minutes before we use it, compared to the waste from using an incandescent...


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    CFs look cooler, and the light doesn't look as warm as incandescent, but they produce a higher temperature light spectrum.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Natural, above 4500k. Starts going blueish.... apparently the closet to natural light, claim the manufactures. I'm a fan of the warm whites, the ornage hue gives more of a "natural" light for me.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    well, it doesn't look very natural to me, because I don't think the sun gives off much blue light, and if it does it's absorbed by the atmosphere.