Stephen A. Levet
, left, and David Levet plan a memorial service for the 100-watt bulb at the Westwood Avenue showroom of Atlantic Electrical Supply Corp.
is mourning the passage of the common 100-watt incandescent light bulb.
And the first 100 fellow mourners to sign the guest register at Atlantic Electrical Supply Corp.
today will receive free energy-efficient bulbs to ease their sorrow.
Because of new federal lighting standards that went into effect at the first of the year, the 100-watt incandescent bulb can no longer be manufactured for sale in the U.S.
"An incandescent bulb is very inefficient," said Levet, secretary-treasurer and co-owner of Atlantic Electrical.
Complete with casket and a "100-watt lightbulb man" - "He's
lying in state right now in our lobby," Levet
said - Atlantic Electrical's
"memorial service" for the old bulb today aims to provide tips on selecting appropriate replacement lamps.
For the first 100 people signing the register at the event, "we're going to give away a pack of GE
100-watt lightbulbs and a pack of GE 72-watt halogen bulbs," Levet
said, "and let people take them home and try them out."