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Inefficient Incandescent Light Bulbs

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Rosalie

Inefficient Incandescent Light Bulbs

I've heard talk that incandescent light bulbs will be discontinued in a few years.  They're inefficient in that much of the energy they use is given off in heat rather than just light.

We bakers have been taking advantage of this inefficiency for years.  When our gas ovens had pilot lights, we took advantage of that inefficiency.  So what's going to happen when I can no longer count on my oven light for proofing?  Homemade proofing boxes usually use incandescent lights.  Is there an alternative in the wings?  Will I have to heat my oven for a couple minutes and repeat when it cools off?

This will play havoc with my buttermilk culturing, too, as it would with my yogurt making if I didn't have an incubator for that.

Rosalie

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sphealey

You will still be able to buy heat lamps of any necessary wattage from industrial and laboratory supply companies. These suppliers were once inaccessible to the average consumer but the smart ones now all have web sites. This is because when Joe Consumer needs an items of laboratory equipment (for a kid's science project, say) he is quite willing to pay list price since (a) he really needs it (b) he doesn't know that actual commercial customers only pay about 40% of the catalog list. When I worked for a company that had a lab equipment division they were ecstatic when hobbyists started buying from their site because it really juiced their profit margin. But it has made a lot of stuff available that you couldn't get 10 years ago unless you worked in a lab or factory and were good friends with a purchasing agent.

Also, analog TVs were supposed to all be shut off on January 1st 2008 and I don't see any sign of that happening yet ;-). So I give incandescent light bulbs a few more years even in California.

sPh

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Mini Oven

a few extra bulbs, now. My oven light is also the same for my sewing machine, and refrigerator. I don't see replacing my oven or machine in the next 20 years just because I can't find a bulb. Who knows, maybe by then, there will be better ways, better ovens, more ovens available with proof settings. The newer appliances use less energy and are more efficient, a benefit to everyone in the long run. The demand for energy just keeps growing, and the cost as well. Reversing it would be a nice change.

Mini O

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Rosalie

Mini Oven, you said, "more ovens available with proof settings."  Does that mean that they exist right now.  The minimum I can set my oven for right now is 170 degrees.

Rosalie

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mse1152

Rosalie,

My Bosch electric oven has a proof setting that goes as low as 85 degrees F.  I love it!  I just used it to proof some Power Bread from PR's latest book.  I'll post photos later today.

Sue 

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Susan

My Miele's lowest setting is 80F on Top Heat cycle. Hmmmm, I'll have to use the oven to proof when it finally gets cold here. Thanks, Sue, for prodding me. Looking forward to your pics.

Susan from San Diego

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fleur-de-liz

My Wolf range also has a proofing setting, which is around 85 degrees.  I used it last winter to proof, but, of course, that becomes problemmatic when it comes time to preheat the oven.  Perhaps an incentive for the no heat method?

Sue and Susan: I hope you both fared well during the fires. I live in Orange County and was fine except for the lousy air.  The Santiago fire is still raging which is a major concern.  My daughter lives in Encinitas and was evacuated (vountarily) for two nights but her place is fine.  I hope you are both well. It has been such a nightmare.

Liz

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scott lynch

You can also get heat lamps--the one I use is for chicken coops in the winter.  They are made for both heat and light.
Another possibility is a heating pad set to a low temp.
And a third option would be one of those little mini hot plates you park your coffee cup on to keep it warm.

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Susan

Gary and I are doing okay here, tho almost feel guilty for not having any problem but a little smoke. Sue lives not far away, so I know she is okay, too. We're both still baking, so we must be fine. Glad your daughter's situation turned out well! It's still a stressful time for so many. Thanks for thinking of us.

Susan from San Diego

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mse1152

Liz and others,

As Susan says, we're in a part of town that was not in danger of burning, but the air has been bad for a week, and it's been emotionally draining to see so many peoples' homes damaged or destroyed.  We have friends who lost their home. It was on Mt. Woodson, a peak used for many TV and radio towers locally, pretty far out there in the backcountry.  We feel fortunate and can't think of a single thing to complain about...but give me a minute!

Sue 

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mkemse

GE announced around the 1st of December, 2007 they will no longer make any light bulbs other then  Florescent Bulbs effective immdiately and the Energy Bill  just signed madates this, GE also said they are doingthis as regular light bulbs are no longer cost effective for them to make and sell

As far as Analog TV goes, ALL Analog TV goes away Jan 1. 2009, if you do not have a digitia ltv or a cable or digital convertor for your Tv to make the signal digital you will have NO TV recpetion, not even rabbit ears or roff top antenna will work, The FCC sold all Analog Channels for other uses so they can not longer be used for TV as of Midnight Dec 31, 2008