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A Bright Exchange

The world changed in October of 1879. Thomas Edison produced the first long-burning incandescent light bulb. Lighting before his invention was a risky proposition exposing people to the possibility of fire from fallen candles and exploding gas lamps. Kerosene smelled bad and left a greasy residue on walls and furniture. The demand for whale oil for lamps had decimated the whale population by the mid-1800s. Edison was fascinated with the electrical phenomenon of incandescence in which running electricity through a substance made it glow. Overcoming the problems associated with producing a long-lasting incandescence became Edison’s chief occupation from October 15, 1878 when he created the Edison Electric Light Company. A year later, after many attempts and frustrations he achieved his goal. The world has relied on incandescent light bulbs ever since; but at what cost?

Incandescent bulbs demand a great deal of energy to glow. But 90% of the energy they expend is heat, not light. The fossil fuel electric plants that fire up these energy-glutton light bulbs are discharging soot, carbon dioxide, and mercury into our atmosphere. If everyone replaced just one incandescent bulb with a compact fluorescent bulb, we could save our atmosphere from 90 billion pounds of greenhouse gases. On top of that, the efficient compact fluorescent bulb will save the consumer $30 over the life of the bulb. What are we waiting for? Don’t wait! Bring up to eight incandescent bulbs to your Richland Library in October, and Richland County government will trade them for an equal number of compact fluorescent bulbs. Give our atmosphere the green light!

The following Richland Library locations will host light bulb exchanges:

  • Saturday Oct. 5th
  • Richland Library Main

    1431 Assembly Street

    2:30pm - 5:30pm

  • Tuesday Oct. 15th
  • Richland Library Cooper

    5317 North Trenholm Road

    4:00pm-7:00pm

  • Tuesday Oct. 22nd
  • Richland Library Northeast

    7490 Parklane Road

    4:00pm – 7:00pm

  • Tuesday Oct. 29th
  • Richland Library St. Andrews

    2916 Broad River Road

    4:00pm – 7:00pm

    For more information call 929-6000 or visit www.rcgov.us.


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