Greener Lighting Policies Kill the Incandescent Easy Bake Oven

by , 02/24/11
filed under: Design, Green Lighting
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For nearly five decades, aspiring chefs have baked tasty treats with a single light bulb, thanks to the Easy Bake Oven. But next year, the oven’s heat source, a common 100 watt incandescent bulb, will be outlawed. The change is part of a 2007 law requiring all lighting to be more energy efficient. It’s sad to see the classic toy retire, but when a light bulb produces more heat than light like the Easy Bake Oven’s does, it’s pretty obvious that it’s majorly wasteful.

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But fear not, future foodies, the Easy Bake Oven is not gone forever. Hasbro, which inherited the Easy-Bake Oven when it acquired original manufacturer Kenner Products Co. in 1991, announced that it will unveil the more energy-efficient Easy Bake Ultimate Oven this fall. The toy oven will have a larger baking chamber and use a heating method similar to those used in conventional ovens.

While the new oven will no doubt produce enough heat to bake goodies, many, like Chicago Chef Gale Gand, lament the loss of the traditional Easy Bake Oven. “It’s about the light bulb,” Gand told the Daily Herald. “It was the idea that you could cook with a light bulb.”

In an official statement, Hasbro said that the new oven will “offer an extensive assortment of mixes reflective of the hottest baking trends for today.” Do you think that includes vegan brownies?

Via Earth 911

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  1. lighthouse10 February 24, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Andrew / Caeman,

    Certainly noone welcomes coal power mercury emissions, but the problem is not comparable to CFLs (which themselves have low level 1-2 mg mercury varieties nowadays), given for example new US emission reduction mandates with new technology, under EPA admin Lisa Jackson.
    There’s no point going into it here, but the issue is covered with several references on (The CFL Mercury Issue:
    Breakage — Recycling — Dumping — Mining — Manufacturing — Transport — Power Plants)

  2. lighthouse10 February 24, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    hmmm, so that’s what you get from banning certain bulbs! …

    all lights have their advantages including ordinary simple incandescents compared to “efficient” halogen types – it’s not like banning an unsafe product, like lead paint…

    why overall energy savings are not there anyway:
    with US Dept of Energy references = Under 1% American energy savings from energy efficiency regulations on incandescent lights

  3. caeman February 24, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Yes, that is true. But I have no control over a coal plant or the eating habits of tuna fish. I do have control over my living room and I know how destructive two little boys can be. We should mitigate the risks where ever possible.

    With LEDs, I just need to make sure the boys don’t gnaw on them like candy. (See research on dangerous chemicals used to make LEDs). They prefer PB&J sammiches to LED bulbs, fortunately.

  4. Andrew Michler February 24, 2011 at 11:52 am

    The largest emitter of mercury by a long shot are coal power plants, and then tuna fish.

  5. caeman February 24, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Knock the old bulb all ya want, but at least it doesn’t require a multi-page instruction manual from the EPA on how to clean up a broken bulb. I am stocking up on 100-watters before they are no longer sold and waiting for LEDs to become cheap. I have two children and absolutely do not trust CFLs.

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