The Light Bulb Conspiracy: According to some people, some of the biggest light bulb manufacturers made a deal to keep their light bulbs less technologically developed in order to make more profit. The first person that saw the commercial potential of this invention was Thomas Edison. He found a suitable way to mass produce light bulbs and offered them as a product for commercial use.
Edit The incandescent light bulbs were invented by British chemist Humphry Davy inhowever, it wasn't until Thomas Edison found a way to mass produce them that their commercial use began. Inthe leading light bulb manufacturers formed the international Phoebus cartel with the intent to standardize the light bulbs e.
Conspiracy Edit Conspiracy theorists suspect that the primary goal of Phoebus was not to develop international standards but instead, to sink the lifespan of all light bulbs. It was noted that beforesaid lifetime expectancy was slightly above hours.
To increase the demand and hence, their profit, Phoebus members agreed to halve the life expectancy of all their bulbs by using lower-quality materials and production methods.
The life expectance was conducted gradually until the cartel's dissolution to avoid drawing public attention. Influence Edit Although Phoebus was disbanded insay the theorists, its influence is still felt in the West.
By comparison, Soviet light bulbs and those produced in socialist countries which didn't adhere to Western standards have been noted to have a twice as long lifetime.
Modern Chinese bulbs have a life expectancy of hours. Moreover, light bulbs produced in Britain during or immediately after World War IIwhen the patriotic feelings could take over commercial interests, are still found in use to this day.
These "ancient" light bulbs are sought after by manufacturers, who remove them from circulation "for study". The oldest lamp in the world, " Centennial Light ", has been in use for years, as of Standards Edit Attempts have been made in Europe to circumvent the standards set by Phoebus.
InGerman watchmaker Dieter Binninger invented a light bulb with life expectancy ofhours in other words, 17 years of continuous use! However, shortly after finally finding a manufacturer for his bulbs inBinninger died in a plane crash, which was officially regarded as an accident.
His patent has since sunken into obscurity and oblivion. A quick look at Binninger's Lamp Patent indicates experiments using Traffic-Light bulbs that were underrun.
Science Edit Incandescent bulbs all use a tungsten filament. A hotter filament is more efficient but burns up more quickly. It is very simple to make a bulb last forever: A bulb will also last forever if you simply put it on a dimmer and dial it way down.
But there is an unintended consequence. The money saved represents a large quantity of coal or natural gas that would be burned to save a few little bulbs.Nov 30, · Thus Planned Obsolescence was born.
Shortly after, the first worldwide cartel was set up expressly to reduce the life span of the incandescent light bulb, a symbol for innovation and bright new ideas, and the first official victim of Planned Obsolescence/10(K).
The Light Bulb Conspiracy combines investigative research and rare archive footage to trace the untold story of Planned Obsolescence, from its beginnings in the s with a secret cartel, set up expressly to limit the life span of light bulbs, to present-day stories involving cutting edge electronics (such as the iPod) and the growing spirit of resistance amongst ordinary consumers.9/10().
The light bulb conspiracy is a theory that the leading manufacturers of incandescent light bulbs have conspired to keep the lifetime of their bulbs far below their real technological capabilities.
This way, they ensure the continuous demand for more bulbs and hence, long-term profit for themselves.
Oct 07, · The Lightbulb Conspiracy finishes with examples of consumers and businesses moving towards more sustainable practices and products, featuring Warner Philips, great grandson of the founder of Philips Electronics, who is producing an LED bulb designed to last 25 years/5(5).
Planned Obsolescence is the deliberate shortening of product life spans to guarantee consumer demand. As a magazine for advertisers succinctly puts it: The article that refuses to wear out is a tragedy of business - and a tragedy for the modern growth society which relies on an ever-accelerating 9/10().
The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy The Phoebus cartel engineered a shorter-lived lightbulb and gave birth to planned obsolescence. By Markus Krajewski. Advertisement.