A light bulb that looks like incandescents as the sun itself is still shining at the Livermore fire station in California (USA). In fact, it has been on since 1901. Yes, it is a century-old light bulb that accumulates more than 800,000 hours without suffering the age or change of the century. Therefore, it has been more than 110 years old without faltering in its mission and without showing the slightest symptom of fainting. How is it possible if our bulbs do not exceed two years of life and we live in a permanent change and replacement of lights? Well, it is explained with a concept called programmed obsolescence.
Thus, the centennial bulb of Livermore was manufactured when the industry had not yet realized that if you produce a product and it lasts too long, your factory may be in danger because it meets the need, we will not buy more, right?
That was what eluububó in 1924 a cartel that brought together the leading manufacturers in Europe and the United States. The association decided to agree on the limitation of the life of electric bulbs to 1,000 hours. It is clear that the Livermore bulb is the survivor of an era, right? Its longevity arouses the admiration of many tourists who come to visit it, it is celebrated each of its birthdays in the town and of course, there is a camera that constantly monitors it day and night in case it happens to go out.
Did the great depression of 1929 bring us obsolescence?
But what was only glimpsed in the light bulbs, in the end it ended up invading us in the wake of the Great Depression caused by the crack of the New York Stock Exchange in 1929. To mitigate the problem, it was decided to revive the economy by launching products that, yogurts, they had an expiration date associated with us stranjis.
In this sense, the care and pampering that we dispensed to the object was indifferent. And it did not matter the excessive or moderate use that we could give it. In fact, when a date arrived, suddenly the product began to malfunction or simply died before our eyes without understanding what had happened.
Since then, and especially in recent years, we repair more objects than ever and even share with them as soon as we realize that acquiring a new one is almost more economically acceptable than facing a repair of an object that begins to collect ailments. Because how many times have we heard that ‘it is more expensive to fix it than buying a new one. And with the points you have … ‘Well, we have already fallen into the trap of obsolescence.
Could a refrigerator last us 70 or 80 years?
In this sense, Benito Muros has insisted on taking the witness of the Livermore bulb and has created what he has baptized as the eternal bulb, capable of lasting one hundred years.
But Muros has a first, because according to this expert committed to changing a polluting economy and drowning our pockets, if the old refrigerators resisted the three decades of the current, the current, thanks to the technology and without the presence of programmed obsolescence, could remain at the foot of the canyon for 70 or 80 years.
Surely more than one pulls his hair before such a statement, especially if he has just left an expensive repair for which he has even had to apply for an online loan like the ones we grant in our Good Finance comparator. Although perhaps he has opted for the purchase of a new tired of facing a rosary of arrangements.
Prohibited in France since 2015
However, there are countries like France determined to raise planned obsolescence to the same category of deceptive business practice. Therefore, she is punished with two years in prison and fines of up to 300,000 euros, in addition to discrediting the brand before the public.
The perceived obsolescence
But programmed obsolescence does not walk alone, because for some time it has been accompanied by a friend and is called perceived obsolescence. And what is it? Well, it is nothing more than that craze for acquiring the most cutting-edge products on the market periodically only because we consider that ours have already been outdated and surpassed by the new scarfs.
Therefore, we need to consume the latest, although little or nothing gives us your purchase, does a camera with more pixels, a screen with more resolution or a device that you can dive into the sea improve your lifetime? Does that justify the disbursement and withdrawal of an object in perfect conditions of use? No, of course not, but we think that it is necessary to go through the ring because it will contribute to improve our ‘technological’ quality of life.