I was pondering what to do when my bulb inventory ran out (probably a bit after my life runs out, if I’ve done things right) and after the 2018 rules make the Good Bulb Halogen illegal. Even along the way to 2018 as more than the 100 W bulb is banned (or for those folks without an inventory of 100 W bulbs).
Then it occurred to me that there was ‘another way’.
As pictured above, there is a “2 Way” Y splitter that lets you use 2 bulbs instead of one. You could use 2 of them together to get 3 outlets, or 3 of them together to get 4 outlets, but that first solution is asymmetrical and the second one is bulky. Was there a “3 Way” solution that fit nicely, and symmetrically in my lamp while letting me get all the needed light from the “under 40 W” bulbs that are all that will be left after the 2018 prohibition hits?
So I bought a “2 outlet socket adapter” and 2 plug in outlet adapters (one in ivory and one in brown for contrast ;-) and voila! A nice “3 Way” adapter that would let me get 100 W of light from 3 x 34 Watt bulbs. It, too, fits well under the lamp shade on my desk side lamp. (This solution would not work in my bedroom nor in the bath where the shade and fixture are smaller, but that’s OK, we’ve already talked about my solutions for them using the 50-100-150 lamp bulbs after the “50” is burned out in normal use)
Each solution was tried and found quite satisfactory. With the “long life energy saver 52 W bulb” from GE, the Y adapter gave just about a perfect 100 W equivalent. I don’t know when the ban of 52 W bulbs will hit (yet) but I think the next stage is either 75 W or 60W. In any case, there’s “a while”. At that time I’ll need the “3 way” solution. With 40 W bulbs, that would be 120 W of incandescent light.
Also of note, this has the “feature” that when a bulb burns out you are not left in the dark. Bulb “failure” becomes more graceful.
But what about in 2018 when the 40W bulb is banned too?
First off, notice that the ‘middle bulb’ of the 3-way is not the same. That is a 60 Watt “appliance bulb”. If you need a smaller space / more compact fit, it will make for a smaller overall “rig”. Also note that “appliance bulbs” are exempt from the prohibition. (At least, for now…) So, for the foreseeable future, you could “get by” with appliance bulbs.
Also, I note in passing that the hardware store had 38 Watt incandescent bulbs on the shelf from GE… Someone, I suspect, is thinking ahead… This implies that looking at the GE stock chart and finding out who makes “Leviton” adapters would be “of interest”.